Israeli forces clash with Palestinians in the West Bank
Tension remains high in the West Bank as Israeli forces conduct door-to-door raids in Palestinian homes (File/AFP)
Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces conducting incursions into the occupied West Bank in search of three missing teenage settlers.
Clashes broke out in the West Bank following fresh Israeli army raid that left several Palestinians injured and more than 40 others detained.
The violence erupted after Israeli soldiers expanded their crackdown as part of a search campaign for three missing Israeli youths.
President of the Palestinian National Unity Government Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli raids.
Tel Aviv accuses Palestinian resistance movement Hamas of having kidnapped the teenage settlers. Senior Hamas officials have categorically denied any involvement.
Israeli forces have launched a mass door-to-door raid across the West Bank. More than 200 Palestinians have been detained since the Israeli youths went missing near a settlement five days ago.
Hamas has strongly condemned the Israeli regime for abducting Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, saying the “cowardly” move violates international conventions.
In a statement issued on Monday, Hamas said the abduction of dozens of Palestinians in the occupied region was a “flagrant violation of all international conventions and a cowardly act that exposes the spirit of defeatism and wallow” among the Israelis.
Hamas says Tel Aviv’s allegation of abducting Israeli settlers by Hamas is aimed at torpedoing the recent reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah.
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.