Police Locate Wounded Man Abducted From Ambulance by Gunmen in Central Israel

According to the ambulance driver, the gunmen threatened him and shot in the air before kidnapping the victim, who was later found by police in the West Bank

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Deiaa Haj Yahia
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Israel Police located on Monday a wounded man who had been kidnapped by armed men from an ambulance transporting him to a hospital in central Israel. A Taibeh resident suspected of shooting and kidnapping the victim was arrested.

Police said they found the wounded man in the West Bank, where he and the gunmen had been involved in a family feud that spilled into the area around Taibeh.

Police suspect the victim was shot at after the gunmen mistakenly suspected that he was preparing to set fire to a car belonging to their family. They proceeded to kidnap the injured man from the ambulance and brought him to a medical facility in the West Bank, allegedly to prevent him from giving away details about his assailants to police.

Jawad Nashif, the ambulance driver, told Haaretz: "They put a gun to my head, fired shots in the air, opened the ambulance doors and kidnapped the wounded man."

"I've been an ambulance driver in Taibeh for 25 years, I've transported hundreds of injured people from some of the worst conflicts, but I never imagined I would be in this situation... What is happening in the Arab society [in Israel] is incomprehensible. All red lines have been crossed," he added.

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