Hamas refutes Israeli claims over abduction of teenagers


The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas rejects as baseless Israel’s claim that the movement is involved in the alleged abduction of three Israeli youths in the West Bank.

Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal says the resistance movement has no information about the Israelis.

He also says even if the missing Israelis turn out to have been captured, their kidnapping would be a logical and natural reaction to the violations of occupation forces.

Meshaal also slammed security coordination between the now president of the Palestinian national unity government Mahmoud Abbas and Israel. Earlier, Abbas vowed to maintain security coordination with Israel.

Hamas says Tel Aviv’s allegation of abducting three Israeli settlers by Hamas is aimed at torpedoing the recent reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah.

Israeli forces have arrested dozens of Palestinians, including members of the resistance movement Hamas, as part of a search campaign for three teenage settlers who have gone missing in the occupied West Bank for a few days now.

Israeli forces have completely sealed off the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and have raided many homes there.

The teenagers disappeared on June 12 near a settlement north of the city.

In April, Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement to end years of rivalry and form a unity government.

The United Nations hailed the formation of the Palestinian unity government.

The Israeli regime and its staunch supporter, the United States, have reacted angrily to the Palestinian deal. While Washington expressed disappointment over the deal, the Israeli regime cancelled the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.