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Police check report on third kidnapped Israeli

Following Palestinian announcement which matches description of missing Rishon Lezion resident, police hold situation analysis meeting. Missing man said to be sick; family members say 'he never disappeared for so long'

Third kidnapping? Rishon Lezion Police held a special situation analysis meeting Wednesday evening in light of the mysterious disappearance of Noah Moskovich, a 62 year-old Rishon Lezion resident who has been missing for two days.

 

Police received rumors that Moskovich had been kidnapped. However, police did not rush to accept that version of events.

 

A leaflet released by the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, was signed by an unknown spokesman, Abu Fuad, claiming that that the organization was holding a 62 year-old Rishon Lezion resident. No further details were released.

 

The leaflet may be a cynical attempt to exploit sensitivities in Israel following the kidnapping of Corporal Gilad Shalit and Itamar resident Eliyahu Asheri.

 

Moskovich's family reported his disappearance two days ago, after he left the Yad Sarah Center in the city and did not come home.

 

Moskovich himself, police said, was unhealthy and had suffered a stroke in the past. Police are looking into the possibility that he lost his way.

 

No chances taken

 

He usually carries a note bearing his name and address in order to avoid such situations. Worried family members said that "he has never been gone for this long."

 

They also said he does not carry a mobile phone and that it was therefore difficult to trace his most recent movements.

 

Following the sensitive situation, Rison Lezion Police decided not to take any chances, and have launched wide searches for Moskovich. Rishon Lezion police commander held a meeting of top officers in the station in order to carry out special preparations for the searches.

 

News agencies contributed to the report

 


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