Israeli troops searching for the three teenagers in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestinian capital, killed two Palestinians Sunday. Troops are not only searching for the missing teens but are also attacking Hamas, which Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses of being behind the abduction.
Reuters reported on the overnight raids in Ramallah and surrounding cities and neighborhoods. In Nablus, Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian protestors throwing rocks, the troops killed Ahmad Famawi, 26, while the other casualty occurred in Ramallah. Palestinian protesters threw stones at Israeli troops and Palestinian police in Ramallah. The protesters vented frustration with police about the recent raids, chanting "collaborators" and smashing the windows of three Palestinian police cars, Reuters reported. Six people were arrested as part of the overnight raids.
To date, four Palestinians have been killed, including a 15-year-old boy, in the search for Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Saher, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19. The three teenagers were hitchhiking when they diasappeared June 13, the Associated Press reported. Netanyahu said he has proof Hamas was behind the kidnapping but the group has not claimed responsibility and no demands from other groups have been made.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has supported Israel's search efforts and condemned the abduction but Palestinians are getting increasingly frustrated by the raids.
"The Palestinian street is very angry at the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas in particular because they see him siding with Israel against them," Jihad Harb told the AP.
To date, more than 350 Palestinians have been arrested as Israeli troops search for the missing teens.