(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police said Tuesday that they are questioning the claim of female Israeli gas station attendant who alleged she was abducted, tied up and held captive outside of Jerusalem by Palestinian “terrorists” Monday night.
According to a police spokesman, the unidentified woman, 21, said she was hitchhiking near the Beitar Illit settlement, outside the Etzion Bloc, on her way home from work when two Palestinian men forced her into their vehicle.
The woman claimed her assailants then drove her to an abandoned building in the Bethlehem area, where they tied her up and threatened her life. Still, she was able to call police with her cell phone, which officers and IDF soldiers were able to trace and locate her.
Police subsequently found her in the building tied up, but uninjured.
“She was brought to the police station and questioned as to her version of the story,” the spokesman said. “But there are a number of different issues being looked into, including if she knew the suspects, and the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
While the spokesman conceded the woman appeared to have been tied up against her will, he said it is doubtful the suspects are terrorists.
“Police are investigating her claims and will take appropriate action when all the facts have surfaced,” the official said.