Israel identified two Hamas members who the country believes were responsible for the kidnapping of three teenagers earlier this month in the West Bank.
Israel's Shin Bet security service identified two men Thursday who they believe are behind the boys' disappearance: Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh. Both men are members of the terrorist group Hamas and based out of Hebron, the West Bank city where the three teenagers went missing on June 12. "Officials said the two men have been missing since the teenagers disappeared, and that a large manhunt is underway for them," the Associated Press reported.
The AP also said Israeli security officials took relatives of the two suspects into custody for questioning, and searched their homes, during the manhunt across the West Bank. Hundreds of Israeli security forces have flooded the West Bank searching for the three missing teenagers. The search will now continue with an unusual agreement between Palestine and Israel:
A senior Palestinian intelligence official said the two suspects are believed to be hiding and that Palestinian security forces were also searching for them. He said the fact that the two men have been missing since the kidnapping is "clear evidence they have links with the abduction."
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