Lihi Shaar, kidnapped teen’s aunt, describes her nephew

When Lihi Shaar awoke on June 13 to the news that three Israeli students had been kidnapped the night before near the town of Alon Shvut, she had a sinking feeling — her nephew, Gilad Shaar, was studying at Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, a high school in Alon Shvut.

She also knew that Gilad often hitchhiked with friends to his family’s home in Talmon, a small West Bank community north of Jerusalem. Fearing the worst, Shaar, who is currently living in Los Angeles, phoned her parents — Gilad’s grandparents — in Israel.

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