Israeli backpackers abducted by drugs cartel in Colombian jungle

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Two Israeli backpackers on a post-army trip to Colombia were kidnapped and held for several hours by a drug cartel before being released because with only $85 in their pockets they could not meet the $1.7 million ransom. Omer Yefet and Gal-El Yaakov, both 22, had just finished an organized tour of legal marijuana fields in a jungle near the city of Cali when they were snatched and held for seven hours by 15 men, most of them armed with Israeli-made weapons. The guide remained in detention and the two have been unable to ascertain her whereabouts. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories

Free Sign Up “It was like a scene from the [American crime] TV series ‘Narcos,’” Yefet told  Channel 10 News, speaking from Colombia. “I haven’t internalized it yet, it’s such a crazy story. Israeli backpackers abducted by drugs cartel in Colombian jungle

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