A video circulated on social media of an Emirati man being assaulted while in his Mercedes G-class SUV near Whitechapel in London.
The video shows a man wearing army-patterned pants and a hoodie quickly walking over to the car, and grabbing Abdullah al-Hosani out through the window of the driver’s seat where he was sitting while repeatedly punching him on the head.
The same masked assailant was vandalizing al-Hosani’s other car which was parked on the side of the road moments before the violent attack, writing on the hood and trunk of the other white Mercedes ‘WAR’.
“I looked at him in surprise, and then grabbed him as I was sitting in my seat, after which he continuously hit me using the spray can that he had in his hand,” al-Hosani told the Emarat al-Youm news site.
Al-Hosani added that the attacker threatened to kill him, saying, “I will slaughter you”.
According to the news site, al-Hosani said that he had no idea what the motive behind the attack was, but that he thinks it is related to racism. The newspaper reported al-Hosani saying that the British police arrested the attacker, took his statements and is currently investigating the incident.
Horrified pedestrians can be heard yelling cries of help moments before the police showed up at the scene.
Al-Hosani, who teaches business administration at a university in London, said that two Lebanese men who worked at a nearby restaurant rushed to his rescue and surrounded the attacker until the police came.
He added that this is not the first incident of cars belonging to Gulf nationals being vandalized. He told the news site that on the same morning of the incident, he saw a vandalized Maybach that belonged to a Saudi man.
Following the attack, and after the video was shared several times on Twitter, al-Hosani took to social media to assure people that he was fine, and only suffered a few scratches on his head.