Israel raids suspects' homes after bodies of missing teens found
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 01:29
Israeli security forces raid the home of Amar Abu Aysha, one of the suspected abductors of three missing teens after their bodies were found in the West Bank. Sarah Toms reports.
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The Israeli army sweeps across the West Bank, raiding homes and searching for evidence.
These soldiers are looking for two men they believe kidnapped three Israeli teenagers.
The bodies of the lost teens were found hidden in a shallow pit in a field not far from where they went missing.
Israeli security forces are focusing on suspected abductors -- Amar Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme -- who are still at large.
Troops set off explosions in their family homes.
A doorway was blown open in one, while here Abu Aysha's house can be seen on fire after the blast.
Neighbours said both houses were empty.
Israel says the suspects were operatives of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which recently formed a unity government with the Palestinian Authority.
A relative of Abu Aysha was at home when the soldiers arrived.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AMAR ABU AYSHA'S RELATIVE, ABU ISLAM, SAYING:
"The Israeli soldiers came here and told us to leave the house. They took Amar's mother and all of us into the neighbour's house and told us to stay in one room, with the woman who lived there. We did not see any Palestinian Authority, and we don't want any Palestinian Authority."
As the house was turned over by troops, neighbours and supporters gathered in the street.
The pressure is ratcheting as Israel vows to punish Hamas, while the militant group refuses to renounce violence.
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