Israelis search for three missing teens

2014-06-13 18:20

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Jerusalem - Israeli forces are searching for three Jewish teenagers who went missing in the occupied West Bank late on Thursday, the military said on Friday, amid reports the trio might have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants.

Israeli soldiers scoured the countryside around the flashpoint city of Hebron after the youths vanished in the area during the night.

"Forces are conducting a widespread operation to locate the individuals," the military said in a statement, adding that the youths had gone missing close to the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion to the north of Hebron.

The military did not name the missing teenagers. Haaretz newspaper said two were aged 16 and one was 19, adding that they were believed to have been trying to hitch a lift when they disappeared.

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