Three Palestinians Kidnapped, Beaten in Druze Town in Northern Israel

Police are investigating whether the incident is related to the kidnapping of a Druze teen's body from a Jenin hospital earlier this week

Adi Hashmonai
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The northern village of Yarka, in May.
The northern village of Yarka, in May.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Adi Hashmonai

Israeli police are investigating a suspected kidnapping on Thursday night of three Palestinians from Hebron in the Druze town of Yarka in northern Israel.

The victims of the suspected attack are 17, 19 and 28-years-old men, and were hospitalized in the northern city of Nahariya. Two of them have been released, and a third remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.

The police have not yet arrested anybody in connection to the incident, but are investigating whether it was linked to the abduction of the body of Tiran Ferro, the 18-year-old Druze high-school student from Daliat al-Carmel who was injured in a car crash in the West Bank and whose body was abducted by gunmen to Jenin.

The body was later returned to the Ferro family, and was buried in Daliat al-Carmel on Thursday.

The three Palestinians called the police to report that they were forced into a car in the Druze town by a group of men who fired shots into the air. They were eventually beaten and tossed into the woods. They were taken to hospital after one of them managed to call the police.

Druze community members alerted Haaretz on Thursday about the possibility that Druze youth might retaliate and attack Palestinians if the body was not released. The sentiment was echoed by the mayor of Jenin who said that he was worried about an escalation of tensions between the Palestinians and the Druze community more than he feared an IDF operation.

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