Transcript for This Is the Intersection Where 3 Hitchhiking Teens Were Abducted
It was here in the Rolling Hills of the West Bank that late on Thursday night the three Israeli teenagers were taken abducted we believe. From right here as they waited for a ride hitch hiking is very common all across the west bank for Israelis and people have been coming here to post signs of support. You can see this one here -- bring back our boys. This area is surrounded by Israeli settlements and the residents tell us that they're stunned that something like this could happen in what is otherwise a very peaceful area. -- -- -- -- -- -- Sixteen year old boys are sitting around just in the state of shock there's a lot of -- there's a lot of times -- action what you -- do everybody right. These -- certainly our voice and recurring an improvement. Possible to work to bring them home. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Two of the three teens are sixteen year old -- studying in Yeshiva or religious school at that settlement write down their they've gone up the main road to catch a ride home. And now -- really forces military and police have fanned out all across the West Bank holding it for clues. Focusing their efforts primarily on the city of Hebron which isn't too far away over those hills there as well as the city of Nablus last night where they conducted raids. And so far more than 200 Palestinians have been rounded up and arrested. Many of them members of Hamas which prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses of being behind this abduction which today have denied. Now Israeli officials are warning that this could be quite an extended operation that it could take quite some time. To bring these boys home just today the mother of one of the boys said we just want to hug our children. Alex Marquardt ABC news in the West Bank.
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