Israel presses West Bank hunt for teenagers with 30 new arrests
Published on Jun 19, 2014 2:55 PM
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli troops arrested some 30 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight as they ramped up a massive search for three teenagers believed kidnapped by Hamas, the army said on Thursday.
The arrests raised the number of Palestinians detained to 280, of whom around three-quarters are members of the Islamist Hamas movement, a military statement said.
The three teenagers, two of them minors, disappeared from a popular hitchhiking spot near the sprawling southern West Bank Gush Etzion settlement bloc late on June 12, with Israel blaming Hamas.
It has launched a massive military operation to find them which also has the stated objective of crushing the Islamist movement's infrastructure in the West Bank.
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