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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Three Israeli teens from the West Bank settlement of Beit El were abducted and robbed early Friday morning after hitching a ride with an Arab driver on the outskirts of Jerusalem, police said.
The driver picked up the three teens, aged 16-18, at the city's northern French Hill junction and took them to the nearby Shuafat refugee camp on the outskirts of the city, where he stopped the car and, together with two other men, stole their cell phones and cash, Jerusalem police spokeswoman Sigal Toledo said.
One of the teens managed to escape to a nearby rooftop, and summoned police.
The driver and his accomplices fled the scene, leaving the teens surrounded by a mob.
Police arrived and rescued the teens, who were unharmed, and said that the kidnapping and robbery were criminally - rather than racially - motivated.
A police manhunt was underway for the driver and his accomplices.