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Sunday 21 September 2014

More arrests in hunt for teenagers

Published 17/06/2014 | 07:47

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Signs and flags are displayed at a rally and prayer vigil in New York for three Israeli teenagers believed to have been abducted by Hamas in the West Bank (AP)
Israeli soldiers search for three missing teenagers during a military operation in the West Bank city of Hebron (AP)

Israel's army has arrested 40 more Palestinians in the West Bank, expanding the search for three missing Israeli teenagers believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas last week.

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It brings the total number of Palestinians detained since the kidnapping to more than 200, most of them Hamas activists - the biggest West Bank crackdown on Hamas in almost a decade.

The latest arrests took place in the northern city of Nablus, widening the army's search that had been focused on the southern city of Hebron. Activists from the Western-backed Palestinian president's Fatah faction were among those detained.

Meanwhile, the military said Israeli warplanes struck four weapons manufacturing and storage sites in the Gaza Strip early today, in response to a rocket launched from Gaza to Israel.

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