Three Israeli teenagers are missing three days after they disappeared near the West Bank town of Hebron. Thousands of soldiers, intelligence agents and police are scouring the Israeli occupied West Bank in search of the boys. Israel’s prime minister on Sunday accused the Hamas militant group of kidnapping these boys. The military arrested dozens of Palestinians and closed off West Bank roads in a frantic search for the youths.
The crisis escalated already heightened tensions between Israel and the new Palestinian government, which is headed by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas but backed by Hamas. Israel, which considers Hamas a terrorist group, has condemned the alliance and said it holds Abbas responsible for the teens’ safety.
“Hamas terrorists carried out Thursday’s kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. We know that for a fact,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Hamas denials do not change this fact.” CCTV’s Stephanie Freid has this report.