IDF blast their way into homes of suspected kidnappers, close off Hebron

Explosion heard throughout Hebron as IDF forces set off explosives at the homes of former prisoners Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha.

July 1, 2014 05:36
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IDF blasts into home of suspect in Hebron. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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IDF forces set off explosives while raiding the homes of Marwan Kawasme, 29, and Amar Abu Aysha, 32, who are suspected of having carried out the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens, reported security sources Monday night. A third house was reportedly infiltrated by IDF forces as well.

Kidnapping suspects: Marwan Quasma and Amar Abu Eisha/IDF SPOKESMAN

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As security forces intensify the search for the two suspects, large numbers of troops have converged on Hebron and the Beit Khalil region, closing off the area.

Security sources added that the explosions were set by IDF forces on one of the house's doorways in order to infiltrate the home.

Palestinian sources reported that an infant was injured by debris from one of the blasts.

The operation came hours after security forces found the bodies of the three abducted teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah, outside Hebron in the Beit Kahil region on the 18th day of the search. The Shin Bet's evaluation was that the teens were killed shortly after the abduction.

The IDF also continued operations in Jenin, where one Palestinian man was reportedly killed by IDF forces after he attempted to attack the soldiers.


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