Israeli security forces rescued three Jewish youths on Friday after they were kidnapped to a hostile Arab neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem and surrounded by a possible lynch mob, according to Israel National News.
The three boys reported that they were abducted after catching a ride with an Arab driver who agreed to take them to the settlement of Beit El just north of the Israeli capital. Instead, the driver took the boys to Shuafat, an Arab suburb on the edge of Jerusalem that the international community refers to as a "Palestinian refugee camp."
Once in Shuafat, the driver and two accomplices who met him forced the boys from the car and demanded their cell phones and any cash that was on them. At the same time, an angry mob began to surround the boys, one of whom managed to dial the Israeli equivalent of 911 on his cell phone before having it snatched away. Security forces arrived moments later and dispersed the mob.
Police officials wary of turning the incident into a cause for further tension classified it as "criminal" in nature, rather than an act of terrorism.