A group of Palestinian villagers in northern Samaria (the West Bank) on Wednesday night made a false “911″ call to Israeli Police, saying that a youth had been abducted by “Israeli settlers.”
In the call, a resident of the village of Marda, near Tapuach Junction, alleged that two Jews had forced a youth into a vehicle and fled off, according to Israel’s Ma’ariv daily.
In immediate response, the local Israel Defense Forces battalion commander closed off several local traffic arteries, including the heavily-used junction, in order to head off the “captors’” escape.
Troops carefully questioned motorists and inspected vehicles in the area in order to catch the “fleeing” vehicle, tying up traffic in the vicinity.
In the end, the would-be kidnapping was a false alarm: security forces clarified that the youth to which the callers referred had been caught throwing stones at Israeli vehicles, and was taken away in a police vehicle for questioning.