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Israeli soldier feared kidnapped revealed to have safely hitched ride with Palestinian

June 10, 2016 6:02 P.M. (Updated: June 10, 2016 6:43 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- An Israeli soldier who was reportedly feared kidnapped on Friday near Jericho in the central occupied West Bank was revealed to have merely accepted a ride from a Palestinian to a car mechanic, according to Palestinian security sources.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma'an that after investigating reports that an Israeli soldier had entered a "suspicious vehicle," it was confirmed that no kidnapping had taken place. She added that the situation was currently being reviewed by the army.

Hebrew-language site reported earlier on Friday that Israeli forces were deployed heavily in the central occupied West Bank district in Jericho over suspicions that an Israeli soldier had been kidnapped in the area.

According to, an Israeli soldier had been hitchhiking near Jericho in the Jordan Valley when he stopped a vehicle and got inside, sparking Israeli fears that the Palestinian driver had kidnapped him.

Palestinian security sources said that an Israeli soldier, who was hitchhiking armed and in uniform, accepted a ride from a Palestinian in a Palestinian-plated car, who drove him to a car repair shop in the village of al-Auja, where his car was being fixed.

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