Armed Arabs Try to Kidnap Jewish Girls

Palestinian terrorists struggled with and tried to force two Jewish girls at gunpoint into a car - but an army vehicle happened along, and the would-be kidnappers were caught near Shilo.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 4:06 PM

The incident began shortly before 3 PM. Two 9th grade girls were standing at the Rechelim junction on Highway 60, waiting for a ride from Jewish passersby towards Jerusalem. A car passed slowly by, and suddenly two armed Arabs got out and tried to force the two girls into their car. One of the girls was able to escape, watching helplessly as the Arabs tried to force her friend into their car.

At that moment, a car carrying an IDF officer happened along - and the kidnappers left the girl and tried to escape. The officer radioed the local forces to erect checkpoints along the road. Shortly afterwards, a white Chevrolet with the three Arabs was stopped near Shilo, and they were arrested without further incident.

One of the girls was evacuated by ambulance to a Jerusalem hospital, with back and face injuries.

Avigdor Shatz, chief security officer for the Binyamin Regional Council, told Arutz-7 that though it has been the norm to hitch-hike along Yesha roads, "our long-standing instructions have been not to do so. We will make it even more clear now, and we expect parents and schools to show responsibility."

Shatz did not respond to a question as to whether the regional council would provide more frequent local bus service. The only public bus service in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) is provided by the Egged cooperative, with bus routes originating in the larger cities outside Yesha and not always entering the communities along the way. The service is not convenient for students traveling to and from their homes and schools in Yesha.