ABDUCTION Three teenagers hitchhiking on their way home from yeshiva were kidnapped in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank, June 12. A massive multi-security force manhunt in the Palestinian areas and, specifically, Hebron was launched to rescue them. More than 300 Palestinians were arrested in the operation to find Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said June 22 there is proof that Hamas, a partner in the Palestinian unity government, is responsible for the abductions.

ABBAS CONDEMNS Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned June 16 the kidnapping of the three youths. He also denounced the ongoing Israeli military crackdown in response to the disappearances.

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