Israel steps up arrests amid search for kidnapped teens

June 17, 2014 1:02 PM

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Israeli forces have detained more than 200 Palestinians, mostly Hamas activists, in its biggest crackdown on the militant group in years. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnappings last week.

Israeli soldiers arrested 41 Palestinians in the West Bank early on Tuesday while searching for three Israeli teenagers, Israel Defense Forces officials said, underscoring the military’s crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank while they search for the missing teens.

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