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June 19, 2014 10:13 am

IDF Faces Increased Palestinian Resistance in Raids to Find Missing Israeli Teens

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Jerusalem Post – Security forces continued to focus their searches for three kidnapped youths in Hebron overnight Thursday. Meanwhile, soldiers arrested 30 Palestinian suspects in raids, most of them Hamas members, including two who were released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit exchange with Hamas.  Intelligence information led to the two prisoners that were released in the Shalit deal, a security source said Thursday morning.

In total, some 280 Palestinians – including 200 Hamas members – have been taken into Israeli custody since the start of the kidnapping crisis. During raids on Thursday morning, 14 Hamas civilian institutions, used to propagate its ideology and spread its influence (known as Da’awa institutions), and a Hamas student university union (known as a Kutla) at Birzeit Univeristy were targeted. At Birzeit, equipment was seized that is linked to managing the student union.

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