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Israeli forces arrest 65 Palestinian terrorists overnight bringing the total up to 240 in search of kidnapped yeshiva students

By Mason White 3:48 PM June 18, 2014
Israeli soldiers raiding Palestinian city 

By: Aryeh Savir
The Israel Defense Forces arrested an additional 65 Palestinian terrorists overnight bringing the total up to 240, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The IDF and Israeli security forces have continued their operation overnight, to locate the three abducted boys while decimating the Hamas terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.

The IDF carried out night raids throughout all of Judea and Samaria, meeting little resistance.

An IDF spokesperson announced that as part of an extensive series of intelligence and operational activities, security forces arrested 65 wanted persons, 51 of them were released as part of the Schalit deal in 2011.

They further shut down a terrorist affiliated radio station. Ten brigades are participating in these operations. Since the beginning of the operation some 240 terrorists were arrested and about 800 homes were searched. Hundreds of weapons have been uncovered during these searches.

The Gazan front appears to be heating up. Hamas officials from Gaza, have threatened to retaliate against the IDF’s operations. In the past 14 days, 11 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel. There are reports of the IDF deploying more Iron Dome anti-rocket systems throughout the south.

The spokesperson stated that extensive military operations will continue and deepen as required. “The IDF will relentlessly continue its operational activities and intelligence work. The IDF will bring significant damage to terrorist organizations and act decisively against anyone who terrorizes Israeli citizens,” said the spokesperson.

Brigadier General Nitzan Alon of the GOC Central Command, stated that Hamas would emerge from this operation strategically weakened. However, he stressed that the operation will not be over soon.

“We are in the midst of a complex operation to capture terrorists and to return the boys home safely. We are fighting a complex and ongoing campaign that will not end soon. Hamas has been compromised in all its dimensions. Hamas leaders have already admitted that they are being destroyed. Hamas will emerge from this ongoing battle weakened, operationally and strategically. We will continue this assault to the extent necessary, and do everything to bring the boys back home safely,” stated Alon.