Watch: IDF arrests 80 Hamas members in West Bank in response to kidnapping

Arrests include members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in a massive wave of raids; aim of raids is to "tighten the circle of intelligence" a senior security source says.

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June 15, 2014 11:42
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IDF soldiers search for missing teens. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)

 
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The IDF has arrested 80 Hamas members - including members of the Palestinian Legislative Council - in a massive wave of raids throughout the West Bank early on Sunday, as part of Israel's response to the kidnapping of three Israeli youths on Thursday.

While suspicions appear to be falling on Hamas as being behind the abduction,a security source said the wave of arrests did not mean that Hamas definitely carried it out.

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He described the operational pattern of the kidnappers as "certainly being complex and different," suggesting that a terrorist organization was involved. 

Hamas leaders Hassan Yousef, Wasfi Qabaha, Khaled Abu Arafeh and Mohammed Totah were among those arrested by the IDF, according to Palestinian reports.

The military also declared a closure for parts of the south Judea region, from Bethlehem southwards.

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