June 17 - Israeli troops scour the West Bank in their search for three missing Israeli teens. Gavino Garay reports.
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Israeli troops march through the streets of Hebron.
They're scouring the West Bank in search of three Israeli teenagers who went missing on June 12, in what Israel calls an abduction by the Hamas Islamist group.
So far, no trace of the missing teens.
They were last spotted near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
The teens -- one of whom also holds American citizenship -- were apparently hitchhiking when they disappeared.
The mom of missing teenager Naftali Fraenkel offered a message of strength.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) RACHEL FRAENKEL, MOTHER OF ISRAELI MISSING TEENAGER NAFTALI FRAENKEL, SAYING:
"We just wish to hug our children home, Naftali, Eyal, Gil-Ad, we love you, we miss you, please be strong, hold on, be strong. We love you, we want to hug you again."
But their disappearance hasn't deterred other hitchhikers.
They say they have no other means of transportation.
SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI SETTLER DAVID MORDECHAI, SAYING:
"We live and we should continue, we need to continue to live here, there's no way I'm going to stop to catch a ride here."
Meanwhile, minor clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and the Israeli army as a result of the crackdown, which has resulted in the arrests of more than 40 Hamas militants.
Hamas has not claimed responsibility for the abductions.
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