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Three Israelis kidnapped in the West Bank

Since three Israeli teenagers disappeared while hitchhiking near a major settlement bloc, the army has imposed a full closure on the West Bank’s largest Palestinian city.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been caught up in a massive arrest operation targeting Hamas and violent clashes between Palestinians and the army are on the rise. Meanwhile, there has been no sign of life from the missing teenagers.

Is this the beginning of yet another violent escalation? What are Israel’s full intentions, and who is behind the kidnappings? +972 bloggers bring you the latest news and analysis.

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