30 June, 2014 Palestine News Network
Hebron, Palestine – An hour ago, following the information an Israeli journalist from Haaretz posted on Twitter, different news agencies have started reporting that the Israeli army might have found the bodies of the three missing settlers near Halhoul, north of Hebron. This information has just been confirmed and the families of the three settlers have been notified by the Israeli authorities.
The Israeli cabinet has convened an emergency meeting for tonight at 9:30pm and some sources of the government have declared that some progress has been made in the search operation to find the three missing settlers. However, no more details have been provided regarding the progress.
Sources in Hebron have informed PNN that there is an unusual deployment of Israeli Occupation Forces in the north and west of the city of Hebron. Hebron and Halhoul have been declared closed military areas, and at the moment there are violent clashes taking place in Halhoul between the Israeli army and the Palestinian youth.
Last 12th of June, three Israeli settlers went missing near the Gush Etzion settlement, in the West Bank, while they were hitchhiking to their homes. The three were identified as Naftali Frankel, 16 years old, Gilad Shaer, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the teens had been abducted by Hamas, although they never claimed responsibility for the alleged kidnapping. Following the disappearance of the three boys, the Israeli government ordered a crackdown on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.