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Group: 566 Palestinians detained since Israeli campaign began
Published Thursday 26/06/2014 (updated) 27/06/2014 10:46
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Israeli troops patrol the area between the West Bank village of Halhul
and the adjacent city of Hebron, on June 24, 2014 as they search for
three Israeli teenagers who went missing in the West Bank
(AFP Hazem Bader)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Five hundred and sixty-six Palestinians have been detained in the last two weeks as part of a massive campaign launched by Israel in pursuit of three missing Israeli youths, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said Thursday.

The campaign, which has been the largest Israeli deployment in the West Bank since the Second Intifada, has yet to turn up any trace of the three teens, who disappeared near the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion in the occupied West Bank while hitch hiking.

Israel has accused Hamas of being behind what it calls a "kidnapping," a charge for which it has yet to present any evidence and which Hamas has vigorously denied.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that on Wednesday and Thursday alone, 26 Palestinians were detained.

According to PPS's list:

- Hebron, 201 detainees.
- Nablus, 90 detainees.
- Bethlehem, 79 detainees.
- Jenin, 56 detainees.
- Ramallah, 52 detainees.
- Jerusalem, 36 detainees.
- Tulkarem, 24 detainees.
- Qalqiliya, 13 detainees.
- Tubas, seven detainees, and Salfit, seven detainees.
- Jericho, one detainee.

The detainees include 12 members of the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Over the course of "Operation Brother's Keepers," as Israel has deemed the campaign, six Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli forces, while two elderly Palestinians have suffered heart attacks during army raids on their villages.

More than 120 have been wounded, and more than 1,200 homes and offices across the West Bank have been raided, including universities and publishing companies, in what rights groups have decried as "collective punishment."
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
26/06/2014 16:45
According to Gantz: No single lead to the kidnapped Israelis. Maybe it's time to look in the illegal settler settlements Gantz? Maybe you'll find them there.

2 ) Rafael / USA
26/06/2014 17:08
Rational people would easily conclude the cost benefit ratio of kidnapping Israelis is no longer beneficial.

3 ) Mel / USA
26/06/2014 19:47
It's blatantly apparent,that Israel's assault on WB Palestinian civilians has NOTHING to do with 3 allegedly 'missing' Israeli's. It's just an excuse to persecute,barricade,militarily occupy,'sterilize'more of WB(especially Hebron).Perhaps the 3 'missing' Israeli's are ACTUALLY part of Israel's reservists taking part in this latest pogrom on Palestine? With so many masks/helmets on Israeli's,who would know(wink wink)?
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