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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Hamas terrorists kidnapped 3 yeshiva students

By Mason White 3:04 PM June 15, 2014
Israeli soldiers searching for three kidnapped yeshiva students 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that Hamas terrorists were behind the abduction of three yeshiva students of the West Bank, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

On Saturday, Netanyahu gave his first official statement on the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens near the Hebron area that took place on Thursday.

“I can’t share everything we know, but I can say: Our boys were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. That is clear and there is no doubt about that,” Netanyahu said.

“We are in the midst of a widespread operation to locate and bring back the three young students. I spoke with their parents, and I told them that we are doing everything possible and more to bring back their boys, who are also our boys,” Netanyahu added.

The kidnapped boys are Gilad Shaar, 16, of Talmon, Naftali Frenkel, 16, of Nof Ayalon near Modi’in, and Elad Yifrach, 19, of Elad, near Petah Tikva. The three were kidnapped as they were hitching a ride home from the Yeshiva High School in Gush Etzion region of Judea where they study, on Thursday.

“The parents showed admirable restraint and strength of spirit. During these hours, the heart of the nation is with the teens and their families,” Netanyahu said.

Gilad Shaar’s grandfather, Shmuel, spoke on Saturday night, saying that the weekend had been one of the most difficult that his family had to endure. “I want to say that we learned this Shabbat what we never knew before. It was a very difficult weekend. The uncertainty of everything. However, we see just how much the state is doing to find our boys. The knowledge that we live in Israel is what comforts me,” Gilad’s grandfather told said.

“Gilad is a great kid. He’s been busy studying for end of school-year exams,” he added.

A massive rescue operation was launched in the Hebron area with 2,000 Israeli troops. The elite brigade of paratroopers and an infantry battalion also joined the search.