IDF Official: Operation Continues 'Full Throttle'

Soldiers chased down a wanted terrorist in Hevron, as they checked 136 places where Hamas terrorists may be holding kidnapped Israeli teens.

Yaakov Levi,

IDF soldiers in Operation Brother's Keeper
IDF soldiers in Operation Brother's Keeper
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The IDF is continuing its search for kidnapped Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha'ar (16). A top army official said that on Wednesday soldiers checked 136 locations that may be connected with the kidnapping, and with Hamas terrorists. “We are continuing to move full-throttle on this operation,” the official said.

The official's statement reflected a decision Wednesday night by the security cabinet to continue the Operation Brother's Keeper until the three youths are returned home.

IDF troops overnight arrested a terrorist in the south Hevron Hills area. The terrorist was apprehended as part of the investigation by the IDF into the whereabouts of the kidnapped teens. 

IDF troops tracked the terrorist down in the area of the village of Samu'a. Soldiers ordered him to halt but he attempted to run away. After firing several warning shots, soldiers shot at the terrorist, seriously wounding him. The terrorist was taken to an Israeli hospital, and will be questioned by security officials. A total of ten terrorists were arrested Wednesday night, IDF officials said.

In related news, a terrorist who was shot several days ago in Ramallah died overnight. The terrorist was shot and injured during the course of a riot.