Israel expands West Bank hunt for missing teens, Palestinian killed




 
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Israel expands West Bank hunt for missing teens, Palestinian killed
 
June 16th, 2014  
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Israel expands West Bank hunt for missing teens, Palestinian killed
By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces searching for three teenagers believed to have been kidnapped swept into a second West Bank city on Monday, touching off street confrontations in which they killed a Palestinian, witnesses and hospital officials said. The bloodshed near the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah marked an escalation in a dragnet which risks ensnaring U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas though it targets Hamas, Islamist rivals with which he agreed a power-share in April. The military, which had announced plans to step up its West Bank operations to locate the three Israeli teens who disappeared after leaving a Jewish settlement on Thursday, did not immediately comment on the al-Jilazoun incident. Israel accuses Hamas militants of abducting the three and over the weekend rounded up scores of Palestinians in Hebron, a West Bank city where support for the Islamist faction is strong.




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