Major IDF Sweep in Northern Hevron Area

IDF focuses heavily on northern Hevron in search for kidnapped teens.

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Uzi Baruch, | updated: 19:43

Still missing (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sh
Still missing (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sh
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IDF forces are currently conducting heavy sweeps of the northern Hevron Hills area, eyewitnesses say, in the ongoing search for kidnapped teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16), Eyal Yifrah (19).

At least one report claims that several Palestinian Arab terrorists have clashed with the large scale IDF forces in the area.

Additional information cannot be reported at this time. 

The search follows an announcement by Israeli Police Monday that five officers would be dismissed over the handling of the call made by one of the abductees to the police hotline, after an intensive investigation revealed that the Judea-Samaria Police District had delayed reporting the abduction for over eight hours. A policeman at the police's 100 hotline received the call and passed on the information as per protocol, but several higher-level officers dismissed it as a prank.

More to follow.