‘ Israel’s Defence Identifies Two Hamas Militants Who Kidnapped Three Israeli Teenagers in West Bank ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – June 26 – Israel’s defence establishment believes it has narrowed down the identities of the two Hamas militants who kidnapped three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank two weeks ago, it emerged Thursday after a gag order was lifted (Haaretz)

(Reuters) – Israel on Thursday named two Hamas Islamists as leading suspects in the June 12 kidnappings of three Israeli teenagers, in the most concrete report yet of results after weeks of searches in the occupied West Bank.


​1 OF 2. Amar Abu Aysha is seen in this undated handout photo released by Israel’s Shin Bet Security Agency on June 26, 2014.

CREDIT: REUTERS/SHIN BET SECURITY AGENCY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

2 OF 2. Marwan Kawasme is seen in this undated handout photo released by Israel’s Shin Bet Security Agency on June 26, 2014.

CREDIT: REUTERS/SHIN BET SECURITY AGENCY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed reports that troops were seeking Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their 30s from the Hebron area of the occupied West Bank, both of whom have served time in Israeli prisons in the past.

Israel’s Shin Bet Security Agency said in a statement both men had been wanted and at large since the kidnappings, adding that several other Palestinians suspected of involvement in the abductions were being questioned.

Aysha was jailed without trial under so-called administrative detention for six months in 2005, about the time his brother was killed by Israeli forces as he attempted to throw explosives at soldiers, Israeli security officials said.

Kawasme once served a 10-month prison term and trained for military action in the Hebron area, in addition to being involved with Hamas recruitment efforts there, the officials said.

(Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday that Hamas militants had abducted three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of "serious consequences" as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians.

The two 16-year-old’s and a third man aged 19, seminary students in a Jewish settlement bloc, disappeared on Thursday.

"These teenagers were kidnapped and the kidnapping was carried out by Hamas members," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters, referring to the Palestinian Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.

There has been no public claim of responsibility. Asked about Netanyahu’s charge, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stopped short of a clear denial or confirmation the group was involved.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had mediated peace talks that Netanyahu called off after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a power-sharing deal with Hamas in April, gave qualified backing to the prime minister’s allegation.

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