Breaking: 2 Israeli, 1 American teens kidnapped by Palestinians

Israeli security forces have been scanning the Bethlehem and Hebron area on Friday after three high school yeshiva students, aged 17-19, went missing Thursday night. Police were also checking whether there was a connection between a burnt car that was discovered near Hebron and the missing children who were last seen hitchhiking (a normal mode of travel in Israel) home from their boarding school for the weekend.

The Shin Bet and the IDF’s Central Command are treating the teens’ disappearance as a kidnapping by terrorists, because, among other things, their cell phones stopped broadcasting location signals at the same location they were last seen – between Kfar Etzion and the settlement Alon Shvut.

American ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro was informed that one of the missing Israelis is also an American citizen.

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