Wednesday 18 October 2017

80 arrested in hunt for teenagers

Israeli soldiers patrol during a military operation to search for three missing teenagers near the West Bank city of Hebron (AP)
Israeli soldiers patrol during a military operation to search for three missing teenagers near the West Bank city of Hebron (AP)

Israel's military says it has arrested around 80 Palestinians in the West Bank, including members of the militant group Hamas, as part of efforts to locate three teenagers believed abducted in the territory while hitch-hiking.

Army spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said militants "will not feel safe" until the teenagers, including a 16-year-old American, return home.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the disappearance of the youngsters on Thursday night, and said they were "kidnapped by a terror group".

The Palestinians have rejected blame, saying the teens went missing in territory under full Israeli control.

The military also said its aircraft struck several targets in Gaza overnight in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. No casualties were immediately reported.

Press Association

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