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  6/22/2014, Sivan 24, 5774

Abbas Lashes Out at Netanyahu Over Hamas Crackdown


Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israel's crackdown on Hamas Sunday, claiming Israel "kills Palestinians in cold blood" and that there is no "credible" information that Hamas kidnapped three yeshiva students ten days ago. 

"I have no credible information that Hamas was behind the kidnapping," Abbas told Haaretz, over ten days after Naftali Frenkel (16), Eyal Yifrah (19), and Gilad Sha'ar (16) were snatched from an Alon Shvut hitchhiking post.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu publicly blamed Hamas for the kidnappings last Saturday night, saying there is "no doubt" that the terror organization was behind the abduction. 

Abbas then lamented the "killing of Palestinians" during the search and rescue effort, Operation Brothers' Keeper, for the boys' return.