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Israel deploys heavily near Hebron after disappearance of settlers
Published Friday 13/06/2014 (updated) 14/06/2014 19:59
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military has sent a large number of military reinforcements to the Hebron district in search of two missing Israeli settlers they fear may have been kidnapped, sources exclusive to Ma'an said Friday.

Israeli forces raided a number of homes in the Sanjar area of Dura, a city southwest of Hebron, on Friday in search of the settlers after they disappeared from Hebron, sources told Ma'an.

The Israeli media has apparently still not reported on the incidents, but unofficial sources said that the two settlers disappeared Thursday evening.

The settlers were able to contact the army before they went missing but the line of communication was reportedly cut. However, the army was able to identify the source of the call as being in the region of Sanjar.

Local sources said that Israeli forces had raided a number of private homes in the neighborhood, although it was unclear if there had been any detentions, and a military reconnaissance plane was reportedly flying over southern Hebron.

Israeli forces had erected checkpoints at Halhul Bridge north of Hebron as well as in the village of Beit Kahil, northwest of Hebron, locals added.

A Palestinian security official told Ma'an that Israeli security forces said no such incident had occurred.

The official said that a car believed to have Israeli license plates was found on fire last night and that civil forces had extinguished the fire, suggesting that the car, which was a Hyundai A35, was related to the disappearance of the two settlers.

Eyewitnesses said Friday that Israeli special forces who were searching the area inspected the car and removed several objects.

Witnesses added that after prayers ended a number of locals gathered in the area, but that Israeli soldiers pushed them away and warned them to stay away from the vehicle.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
13/06/2014 17:29
Settlers routinely enter Palestinian villages to cause damage , settlers are off duty soldiers doing recon work , and when they get caught , they say they were lost . Very common occurNce

2 ) Anne / Guess
13/06/2014 18:55
They were NOT settlers. They are teenage high school students hitching a ride home from their school for the weekend. And there are 3 of them, not 2. And Outlier, you are wrong and a liar. Settlers are not off duty soldiers. They are people who live where you don't want them to live. That does not mean they deserve the death sentence. In any event these were unarmed teenage boys. Not soldiers. Not harming anyone.

3 ) Nicole / USA
13/06/2014 19:36
Pray for these 3 boys Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim Eyal ben Iris Teshurah

4 ) Stan Squires / canada
13/06/2014 20:46
I wanted to say that it is Israel that is making it dangerious for these students not the Palestinian People.These students were living in an illegal Israeli settlement.These settlements are condemned by most western govs. and Israel continues to build them.The blame for whatever happens to these students should be put on the Israeli gov.This sort of thing will continue to happen while these settlements are allowed in Palestine.

5 ) Adam / US
14/06/2014 04:11
Hope the missing get the same treatment Palestinians get. Maybe they will never be found or maybe shot during a peaceful protest. Americans hate Israel

6 ) Mel / USA
14/06/2014 18:06
#2:Anne/Guess:Are they Palestinians? No.Then they're illegal "settlers" living near/on Gush Etzion colony-one of the most radical,racist Gopstein,Lehava,Kahanist cells-in The Occupied Territories.And,there is NO such thing as an Israel teenager who is NOT first controlled-from pre-school to conscription age-by a Yeshiva,the IDF,or Zionist cell.Even Jewish conscientious objectors,are first put thru' the ideological 'mill' before REFUSING, & are then treated as traitors,by war-mongering Zionists!

7 ) Tom / USA
14/06/2014 21:55
The inescapable question is, why in the world would any parent want to expose their children to a zone of military conflict? It's like zionist settlers use their own children as human shields. Deeply creepy.

8 ) Anne / Guess
15/06/2014 01:22
Mel- Gush Etzion was a Jewish area (not settlement. Several towns in one bloc) which was illegally occupied by Arabs in 1948. Israel liberated it in 1967 and Israelis returned to their rightful property. You know nothing about the Israeli school system, Jewish education or the IDF. You Just spout ridiculous propaganda and sound like a bigoted frothing-at-the-mouth fool.

9 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
15/06/2014 14:05
Gush Etzion was a pre-1948 block of Jewish communities close to Jerusalem. To #6 - In 1948 thousands of Jordanian soldiers and thousands of Palestinian fighters of the Arab Salvation Army besieged Kfar Etzion and massacred all but one of the living persons there after they had surrendered. The orphaned children of the massacred people returned to rebuild Etzion communities. The former communities housing hundreds of Jews, now house 80,000 who are living on their own land in their country.

10 ) ian / australia
21/06/2014 16:54
#8 "Gush Etzion was a Jewish area...which was illegally occupied by Arabs in 1948. Israel liberated it in 1967 and Israelis returned to their rightful property." That's an absurdly partisan view, Anne, betraying only infinite greed. If Gush Etzion is the "rightful property" of Jews because of pre '48 conditions, then Jaffa, Haifa and Ashkelon are the "rightful property" of Palestinians seized by Jews in 1948. You can't have it both ways. It can't only be Jews who have LEGAL rights to property.

11 ) ian / australia
21/06/2014 16:55
(contd.) The wars of '48 redrew the map. When the fighting ended, Israel controlled 78% of Mandate Palestine which was promptly recognised by the world as the State of Israel. (It took Harry Truman 11 minutes.) If Gush Etzion was outside the Armistice Line and not part of the new state, surely its "loss" was made up for by the massive territorial gains of Arab land INSIDE the Green Line. You're strangely coy about where you're from and I don't know where "Guess" is but SOME "school system"

12 ) ian / australia
21/06/2014 16:55
(contd.) or variety of "education" has produced your capacity for blind allegiance, shameless greed and sociopathic indifference to the rights of non-Jews. So maybe Mel (#6) isn't far off the mark. And as for anyone being "a bigoted frothing-at-the-mouth fool", I would think you needn't look further than #9.
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