RAMALLAH, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday the flaring situation in the West Bank, Palestinian state- run news agency "Wafa" reported.
The report said that Netanyahu asked Abbas to help find three Israeli teenagers, who disappeared near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday.
"The telephone conversation focused on following up the issue of the three settlers who disappeared in the West Bank last Thursday and the ongoing Israeli escalation," said the report.
Meanwhile, a senior Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that Netanyahu claimed that Palestinians from area (A), under the Palestinian security control, kidnapped the three teenagers from area (C), under Israel's control, and took them to area (A).
However, according to the official, Abbas dismissed Netanyahu's claim.
"President Abbas told Netanyahu that the Palestinian National Authority is cooperating to help the Israeli side find the three kidnapped Israelis, but the PNA is not responsible," said the official.
The official went on saying that an argument on the phone erupted between Netanyahu and Abbas when Netanyahu said "all indications say that Hamas is behind the kidnapping," adding " President Abbas told Netanyahu give me evidence instead of just making accusations."
"President Abbas told Netanyahu that he condemns all kinds of violence and terrorism and also condemns dragging the region into more confrontation and more violence," said the official.
Violence between Israel and the Palestinians gradually mounted and flared early on Monday. Medics and witnesses said that a 20- year-old Palestinian young man was killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank city of Ramallah during confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers.
JERUSALEM, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The suspected kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank on Thursday and the ensuing manhunt by Israeli security forces have escalated tensions between Israel and the newly-formed Palestinian unity government, but analysts say despite the flimsy allegations leveled against Hamas, it's too early to predict the implications of the incident. Full story
JERUSALEM, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Israeli army arrested about 80 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Sunday morning as part of its efforts to find three abducted Israeli teenagers, the military said in a statement.
The 80 Palestinians, among them top members of Hamas, and members of the group's Legislative Council, were arrested in and around Hebron and across the West Bank in a joint military, police and Shin Bet operation, the military said. Full story