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Four Palestinians Arrested Overnight in West Bank as Search for Abducted Teens Continues

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IDF reserve soldiers in staging areas around the Gaza Strip in November 2012. Photo: Israel Defense Forces.

Times of Israel Israeli security forces arrested four Palestinians and searched 120 buildings in the Hebron area overnight Monday as part of Israel’s ongoing efforts to find three teens who were kidnapped on June 12.

Since the start of operation “Brother’s Keeper,” the large-scale IDF action in the West Bank aimed at returning the three and weakening the power base of the Islamist group Hamas, which Jerusalem says is behind the kidnapping, Israel has searched some 1,800 locations and arrested 354 Palestinians, the army said. Of these, 269 were Hamas members and 57 were among those were released as part of the 2011 deal to free captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

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