Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
Israeli border police officers at a temporary "checkpoint" in Jerusalem on April 16, 2020.

Several masked men who spoke Arabic attempted to abduct two young Jewish men on Friday in the city of Rehovot.

Driving in a small vehicle, the suspects stopped next to two young Jews who were walking along the Menachem Begin bypass road, exited their vehicle and tried to force the pair into their vehicle.

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They did not succeed, however, and subsequently fled in the direction of an open area next to a nearby cemetery.

Police launched a manhunt for the suspects and established checkpoints in an attempt to capture the attackers. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Rehovot News.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.