Israeli Army Searching in West Bank for Citizen Feared Kidnapped

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Israeli soldiers are searching a Palestinian village and the surrounding area in the southern West Bank for a citizen feared kidnapped, the army said.

The 22-year-old Israeli man was driving with a friend Thursday west of the city of Hebron, and stopped for reasons that are unclear, according to Channel 2 television. He entered the village of Beit Anun and left his mobile phone in the car, the broadcaster said.

Following a police report on “a suspected abduction” of an Israeli citizen near the village of Beit Anun, the Israel Defense Forces is currently conducting “extensive searches” in the area, the army said in a text message.

A soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian earlier in the day and was hospitalized with wounds to the head after subduing the assailant, who was arrested, the army said.

Three Israeli teens were kidnapped last June north of the area where the man went missing Thursday, setting off a wave of violence in which Israelis in Jerusalem killed a Palestinian teenager and Palestinians killed Israelis by running them over with their cars.

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