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Israel army kills Palestinian youth while hunting snatched teens

Published on Jun 16, 2014 11:05 AM

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian youth early on Monday, as a widespread West Bank manhunt for three missing Israeli youths believed to be kidnapped entered its fourth day.

Ahmad Arafat, 19, was shot dead near the West Bank city of Ramallah as Israeli soldiers were conducting arrests as part of efforts to locate the three teens, which Israel said were kidnapped near Hebron on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Islamist Hamas movement of snatching the youths, and placed responsibility for their safe return on the shoulders of Mahmud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority which recently formed a pact with the former Gaza rulers.

Palestinian medical and security sources said Arafat was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli army forces in the Jelazoun refugee camp.

Israeli soldiers man a checkpoint in the West Bank town of Hebron on June 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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