Two more Palestinians killed in search for missing Israeli teens

Two more Palestinian men died overnight during Israeli raids as part of the search for three Israeli teens thought kidnapped by Hamas. It takes the total dead to six. More than 300 Palestinians have been arrested since the youths' disappearance.

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Israeli officials believe kidnapped teenagers are alive

Israeli officials believe three teenagers kidnapped by a terrorist group from the West Bank are still alive.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an 'intensive operation' was underway to locate the teenagers. Credit: Reuters

"It appears this event slipped under our radar, but we will not rest until we free the youths and put our hands on the terrorists who are responsible for this operation," Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon said.

"As long as we don't know otherwise, our working assumption is that they are alive."

Their kidnapping is believed to be the biggest abduction by militant groups in recent memory in the West Bank.

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