JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A special police team appointed by Central District Commander Avi Bitton, together with a SWAT team from the operations department, initiated a covert investigation which led to a location in the northern city of Kiryat Yam where two young American citizens were being held. The two, Sara and Liba Goldschmidt aged 12 and 8, had apparently been kidnapped by their mother when they were supposed to be returned to their father according to visitation terms.
The special team managed to locate and rescue the girls at 2:30 AM and arrested the mother. The father was summoned to the scene to take charge of his daughters.
The mother was interrogated in the Shefela region headquarters and will be arraigned in court Tuesday . Police are asking to extend her remand in custody.
Major-General Bitton praised the work of the police who had swiftly located and rescued the girls and said that they had “conducted the investigation with professionalism and enterprise utilizing abilities, units and initiatives with great speed to bring the girls safely back and bring the suspect to justice.”