Police Searching for 2 Missing Youths

Jerusalem police assisted by troops and civilian volunteers combed the hills north of the city Sunday and searched from the air for two teen-agers who may have been kidnapped by terrorists.

Ronen Karamani, 18, and Lior Tubul, 17, are the objects of the massive operation which deployed a helicopter, trackers, trained dogs and mounted police.

The missing youths set out from Ramot, a northern Jerusalem suburb, for Givat Ze’ev, a settlement about four miles away. Apparently they planned to hitch a ride.

The region between Ramot and Givat Ze’ev is sparsely inhabited by Palestinians.

Jerusalem Police Chief Arye Bibi called for more volunteers to join the search on Monday.

“I would like nothing more than to get a call that they are safe and call it off,” he said.

But he could not rule out the possibility that the youngsters were abducted.

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