Meir Peretz, the cousin of the 22-year-old who went missing in the Chevron region of Judea on Thursday after entering the Arab village of Beit Anoun, spoke with reporters outside of the family’s home in the southern city of Be’er Sheva.
“The feelings are really hard. It fell on us out of the blue,” said Peretz, according to an Arutz Sheva report. “I understood that he went out to work, and afterwards he told his mother that he was travelling to the Meorat Hamachpelah. We don’t have details other than those of the police and the army.”
He added, “I ask of all of the people of Israel, on the eve of Chag Pesach, we need him back home healthy, whole and free. I ask everyone to increase their prayers.”
Massive police and IDF forces are scouring the area between Kiryat Arba outside of Chevron and Beit Anoun, where the missing man was last seen.
Making the search efforts more difficult is the fact that the missing man left his cell phone in the front seat of the car that he and a friend had been driving in, Arutz Sheva reported.
The friend called police saying they had a punctured tire and the man went to the Arab village to find tools and never came back. However, police and the IDF later said that the car did not have a punctured tire.