Israeli and possibly American teenagers who were reported kidnapped from the West Bank are still believed to be in the area. The Israeli Defense Force has conducted sweeps of the area in hopes of finding the young teens before the situation gets much worse. Soldiers are still holding out hopes that the kids are okay, as more reservists are being called to duty to boost numbers. Momentum for the search increased after one of the teens reportedly called police to let them know that they had been kidnapped. Hamas is believed to be behind the kidnappings, but the motives for doing so are still unclear.
Israeli Defense Force Arrest More Than 80 Palestinians In Search For Kidnapped Teens
The IDF has closed off some areas of the West Bank and has been conducting door to door searches of some neighborhoods. At this time there are hardly enough troops in the area to conduct a thorough search of all homes. The IDF has reported that they placed at least 80 Palestinians under arrest for suspicions related to the kidnapping of these 3 young teens. There are still little to no clues of their exact whereabouts, or exactly who kidnapped them. The students were supposedly hitchhiking across the Wet Bank region on Thursday when they were reported missing.
The arrests and security patrols in the West Bank have already come under scrutiny of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, who claim that the Israeli troops are guilty of racially profiling. Hamas has had a strong connection with the Palestinians in Israel, and are believed to be behind the kidnappings. Suspicions arose when 2 well known Hamas operatives went missing around the same time as the teenage students. Their absence has placed suspicion heavily on their involvement in these crimes.
Families of the kidnapped children are still hoping for the safety of their children, and wishing for their safe return.
Israeli Defense Force Arrest More Than 80 Palestinians In Search For Kidnapped Teens.