Daily Israel Report

IDF Arrests 80 Hamas Members, Unity Government Officials

Large-scale crackdown on terrorists continues as IDF sweeps Judea and Samaria looking for three missing yeshiva students.
By Tova Dvorin and Coby Finkler
First Publish: 6/15/2014, 9:03 AM

IDF counter-terror unit
IDF counter-terror unit
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The IDF has arrested over 80 Hamas terrorists overnight in Judea and Samaria, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Office, as part of the wide-scale operation to find three missing yeshiva students abducted Thursday night. 

According to a military source, as quoted by Channel 10, several of the arrested were reportedly members of the "unity" government sworn in earlier this month. The source also indicated that a large number of paratroopers and Nahal brigade soldiers had been dispatched in the region.

According to Palestinian media outlets affiliated with Hamas, IDF forces raided hundreds of houses in Hevron, Jenin, Ramallah and other cities overnight.

At least one of the terrorists arrested by IDF forces was apparently Hassan Yousef, a senior Hamas official. 

Meanwhile, the IDF operation continues. 

"Palestinian terrorists will not be able to feel safe or hide," the IDF Spokesperson's Office tweeted on Sunday morning. "They will feel the heavy arm of Israeli military capabilities."