"Meanwhile, the Israeli military imposed closures on Palestinian cities in the West Bank, centred on the city of Hebron and its neighbours beginning at midnight on Sunday, and a closure of Bethlehem went into effect hours later. "
Gaza, June 15 - The Islamic Hamas movement Sunday slammed the Palestinian National Authority's (PNA) decision to help Israel locate three missing teenagers who have been missing since late Thursday evening from the West Bank.

It is a disgrace that the PNA is helping Israel to locate the missing Israelis. This must stop, Xinhua quoted Hamas spokesman Salah al-Bardawil as saying.

Al-Bardawil said a recently-signed reconciliation deal between the Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah does not prevent the movement from denouncing and rejecting the security coordination.

We cannot give a legal cover to the security coordination with Israel since it harms the interests of the Palestinian people as well as the resistance factions, al-Bardawil said.

Earlier Saturday, Abbas ordered his security services to help find the missing religious high school students, who were kidnapped by a terrorist organisation when they were returning to their homes Thursday night near Hebron city.

The teenagers have been identified as Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday held Abbas responsible for the safety of the kidnapped teens, accusing Hamas of abducting the three youths.

The spokesperson rejected Netanyahu's accusations, describing his statements as an act of incitement.

However, the Hamas official did not confirm or deny that the kidnappers belong to Hamas, which is labelled as a terror group by Israel, the US and the European Community.

Israel also vows not to work with the newly-formed Palestinian unity government, a product of a recent reconciliation deal between Fatah and the Hamas movement.

Earlier Sunday, the Israeli army arrested about 80 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as part of its extended efforts to find the three abducted Israeli teenagers.

Palestine termed the arrests as violation of international laws.

The 80 Palestinians, included top Hamas and Legislative Council members, were arrested in and around Hebron and across the West Bank in a joint military, police and Shin Bet operation.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military imposed closures on Palestinian cities in the West Bank, centred on the city of Hebron and its neighbours beginning at midnight on Sunday, and a closure of Bethlehem went into effect hours later.

The on-going search operation involves more than 2,000 military forces.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002381487
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for Asia


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.