JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister has accused the Palestinian militant group Hamas of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who disappeared in the West Bank over the weekend.
Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement after Israel rounded up 80 Palestinian suspects, including dozens of Hamas members, in an overnight sweep.
Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that “the ones that conducted the kidnapping of our teenagers are Hamas members.”
Hamas has not claimed responsibility, and Netanyahu did not say how Israel determined who was behind the incident.
Netanyahu has said he holds Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently formed a government backed by Hamas, responsible for the teenagers’ safety. He said Hamas’ involvement would have “serious implications.”
The teenagers have not been heard from since they disappeared late Thursday night.
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