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Israel accused of collective punishment of Palestinians in search for missing teenagers


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Israel accused of collective punishment of Palestinians in search for missing teenagers

Tensions are rising in the occupied West Bank as Israel steps up its operation to find three missing Israeli teenagers.

No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the three who disappeared a week ago but Israel accuses Hamas of kidnapping them.

In an exclusive interview with Euronews, Fatah’s chief negotiator with Hamas, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said Israel was using it as an excuse to punish all Palestinians.

“Up till now, Hamas has denied any involvement and not revealed any connection to the incident. Israel has not proven yet if they were really kidnapped, and if they were, by who. Israel has carried out the policy of fascism and traditional occupation, which it shows by its repression and persecution of all Palestinians,” he said.

As well as house-to-house searches troops went to Birzeit University where they confiscated flags, papers and publications.

In Jenin there were violent clashes between Israeli troops and local people. According to the military, Palestinians threw rocks and explosive devices so soldiers responded with live fire. Journalists were kept away from the scene by the army.

The number of Palestinians detained has reached 280.

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