Search for Israeli teens-Israel arrests dozens of Palestinians

Added On June 19, 2014

Violence between Israel and the Palestinians has mounted over the past days after Israel accused Hamas of being involved in the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers.
On Thursday, Israel carried out successive airstrikes on training facilities that belong to the Islamic Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip. Three were reportedly injured.
The move came after two rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army arrested dozens of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday as part of its efforts to find the three abducted Israeli teens.
Israel further tightened its grip on the West Bank on Wednesday, arresting another 65 people in overnight raids across the West Bank.
According to the army, Israeli soldiers raided over 800 locations, storming through Palestinian homes and searching public institutions, confiscating hundreds of weapons along the way.
Since the search for the missing teenagers began last Friday, the Israeli military has arrested some 240 Palestinians.
But despite the efforts, no clues regarding the whereabouts of the three youths have come to light.
They three teens went missing last Thursday from a hitch-hiking spot. Israel has alleged that Hamas militants took them.
Palestinian Deputy Minister of Prisoner Affairs Ziad Abu Ain described the Israeli security moves as "an act of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians."
He adds that Israel's plans show a dangerous escalation that could lead to a regional crisis.
Meanwhile... the three Israelis' disappearance caused a rift between the Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after Abbas expressed readiness for increasing Palestinian security cooperation with Israel.
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"It's in our interest to have security corporation with Israel to protect our civilians. We are not interested in chaos like the second 'intifada' in 2001."
A Hamas spokesman in Gaza has slammed Abbas' statement, saying increasing security cooperation with Israel is unjustified and does harm to the Palestinian reconciliation and unity.