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Lod man suspected of kidnapping Palestinian teens, holding them for 3 days

Police say the minors, who were illegally in Israel, were locked in a bomb shelter without food or water until officers freed them

This screenshot of video released by police shows a first responder breaking the lock on a shelter in the central city of Lod, where two Palestinian teenagers illegally in Israel were held against their will. (Screen capture from Twitter, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
This screenshot of video released by police shows a first responder breaking the lock on a shelter in the central city of Lod, where two Palestinian teenagers illegally in Israel were held against their will. (Screen capture from Twitter, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

A man from the central city of Lod was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping two Palestinian minors who had illegally entered Israel, and holding them for several days without food or water.

Police said the youths, 14 and 16, were kept in a bomb shelter at an apartment building for three days before managing to use the suspect’s phone to alert law enforcement.

Officers dispatched to the scene managed to free the two after breaking the lock on the shelter, according to video released by police.

The suspect, 50, was arrested after a search of the building.

The statement did not say how the two minors entered Israel, nor how the suspect first came into contact with them.

A police statement said officers were questioning the Lod resident, including on suspicion of illegal employment.

He was due to appear in court on Sunday for a remand hearing.

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