Two of the boys are 16 years old and attend the Mekor Chaim Yeshiva High School in the area. The third is 19.
When Arab teenagers this age are arrested in Judæa and Samaria for their dangerous rock throwing, the media calls them children, so let’s call ours that too. Less face it what’s good for one, is good for all.
The algemiener reports:
The IDF confirmed on Friday afternoon that “three Israeli teenagers are currently missing. The individuals were last seen late last night in the area of Gush Etzion,” south of Jerusalem.
“He just disappeared, never made it home,” a relative of one of the youths said, according to Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.
“His parents are worried, praying, hoping for the best. We’re all praying this incident ends on the good side,” the relative said.
Army “forces are conducting a widespread operation in order to locate the individuals,” apparently 16-year-olds who attend the Mekor Chaim Yeshiva High School in the area.
One of the youths managed to send an alert to the local security hotline before his cellphone went dead.
Terror group Hamas is calling the trio “Israeli soldiers.” Hamas and Islamic Jihad have called for kidnapping Israelis as bargaining chips to gain the release of Palestinian convicts incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
The three ‘children’ are Yeshiva students disappeared between Kfar Etzion and the settlement Alon Shvut, southwest of Jerusalem.
The Shin Bet and the IDF’s Central Command are treating the teens’ disappearance as a terrorist kidnapping, given that, among other things, their cell phones stopped broadcasting GPS signals from the location where they were last seen.
Security forces have been scanning the Bethlehem and Hebron areas, while police are checking a link between a burnt-out car that was discovered near Hebron and the disappearance of the teens. Large numbers of security forces were also searching open areas in Gush Etzion – on foot, by car and using advances observation devices. Ynetnews
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that IDF troops were combing southern Hebron. They report, the army set up roadblocks in various locations and that IDF forces raided some houses and made several arrests. At the same time, Israeli drones were reportedly seen flying over the southern part of the Hebron Hills. The IDF has also confirmed that unmanned aerial vehicles have been deployed in the search.
The IDF was looking into whether the teens tried to hitch a ride in the Etzion area, not far from the Gush Etzion junction, an area where many settlers hitchhike, despite army warnings and repeated alerts on terror organizations planning to commit a kidnapping.
In recent weeks, the Shin Bet uncovered several attempts by terror cells to kidnap Israeli soldiers or civilians in order to use them as a bargaining chip to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
How true this is we have no idea. The latest news as of 5 hours ago now (1.20 pm AEST) is that an Islamist group called Dawlat al-Islam, a group associated with ISIS, has claimed responsibility for three teenagers, read children.
ISIS – ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’ are the blood thirsty jihadists involved in this week’s insurgency in Iraq.
Israellycool is reporting on their Facebook page, that the Fatah Facebook page is calling for the destruction of the video camera footage that might help identify the terrorists.
A call to all owners of shops leading to the area where the car was burned by the need for burning and coalition surveillance recordings for fear of identifying the kidnappers.
And Allaah is the source.
Wham o son of Hebron and resisted you free and betsaom (Translated by Bing)
Who Is ISIS the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?