Israeli soldiers patrol the West Bank City of Hebron on June 17, 2014. Israel's military chief said on Monday that the army was readying far-reaching measures to recover the three Israeli teens who are allegedly abducted by Hamas militants in the West Bank last Thursday. (Xinhua/Mamoun Wazwaz)
GAZA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Islamist Hamas movement on Tuesday warned Israel over the tough measures the Israeli security forces are taking against its leaders and lawmakers in the West Bank.
"The Zionist enemy is held fully responsible for the consequences of its crimes against our striking prisoners, against our people in the West Bank and Gaza, and against the PLC ( Palestinian Legislative Council) lawmakers," Hamas said in a press statement.
Israel accused Hamas of being behind kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who are believed to be kidnapped near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
The Israeli security forces carried out a large-scale operation against the movement and arrested dozens, including Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Hamas-dominated parliament and other leaders, students and lawmakers.
About 200 people have been arrested during the campaign against the Hamas movement in the West Bank since the search task was launched, the Israeli army said in a statement, adding that a large number of weapons were also seized.
"Hamas is not willing or ready to comment on the Zionist accusations because it has political goals and implications," said the statement, adding that "Israel wants to justify its aggression against our people and against the internal reconciliation."
Overnight, Israeli war jets carried out three successive airstrikes on militants training facilities in southern Gaza Strip and eastern Gaza city, and no injuries were reported, according to medics and security officials.
JERUSALEM, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security forces arrested 41 Hamas operatives in raids carried out in the West Bank overnight Tuesday, as a massive manhunt to retrieve three Israeli teenagers abducted by militants entered the fifth day.
The Israeli military said that most of the arrests were made in the vicinity of the Palestinian city of Nablus. Nearly 1,000 infantry troops entered the Balata refugee camp and the nearby town of Awarta, where weapons and explosives had also been discovered and confiscated, Army Radio said. Full story
JERUSALEM, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone on Monday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, asking him to assist finding the three allegedly kidnapped teens, according to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office.
"I expect you to assist in returning the abducted youths and in apprehending the kidnappers," Netanyahu told Abbas, according to the statement. Full story