Israel 'expects Abbas' help to find missing teenagers'

Gilad Shaar (l), Naftali Frenkel (c) and Eyal Yifrach The three teens disappeared on Thursday while hitchhiking home

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has told the Palestinian president he expects his help in finding three Israelis believed kidnapped in the West Bank.

Mr Netanyahu telephoned Mahmoud Abbas amid an intensive search for the teenagers missing since Thursday.

Israel blames Hamas, and has arrested dozens of Palestinians and Hamas officials. Hamas denies involvement.

Mr Abbas condemned the "kidnapping of three Israeli boys and... Israeli violations" since they went missing.

Palestinian medics say a 19-year-old Palestinian was shot dead during clashes near Ramallah, which erupted after soldiers conducted house-to-house searches on Sunday night.

The BBC's Yolande Knell drives down the road where the teenagers went missing, and talks to young Israelis hitching a lift

They said Ahmad Arafat died after being shot in the chest in the Jalazoun refugee camp.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the report.

Israeli forces have arrested 150 Palestinians, including leading Hamas members, to try to glean information on the youths' whereabouts.

Palestinian parliament Speaker Aziz Dweik, who is a member of Hamas, was among those arrested overnight.

The teenagers' disappearance has triggered one the most intensive Israeli search operations in the West Bank for years.

Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, who are both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach went missing at a junction near the city of Hebron as they hitchhiked their way home.

Naftali Frenkel holds US-Israeli citizenship.

On Monday, Mr Netanyahu told President Abbas he expected him to help find the youths and apprehend the kidnappers.

"The Hamas kidnappers came from territory under Palestinian Authority control and returned to territory under Palestinian Authority control. This incident exposes the true face of the terrorism that we are fighting against," Mr Netanyahu said.

Quentin Sommerville: "Israel is gripped by the story of the missing youths"

The prime minister said the incident was the "consequences of the partnership with Hamas", with whom Mr Abbas signed a unity deal in April after years of division.

Hamas is committed to Israel's destruction and is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US, EU and other countries.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called Mr Netanyahu's accusations "silly" and said the arrests were "aimed at breaking the will of the Islamist movement in the West Bank".

The teenagers' disappearance is seen as the biggest strain on relations between the two sides since a new Palestinian government, backed by Hamas, was sworn in earlier this month.

Palestinian officials have said they are co-operating with the search - a move Hamas has condemned.

More on This Story

Israel and the Palestinians

More Middle East stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage


  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world


  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop


  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show

Programmes

  • A robotClick Watch

    The latest in robotics including software that can design electronics to solve problems

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.