Israel clamps down on Hamas in West Bank after abduction of three Jewish teenagers

By William Booth, Ruth Eglash, June 18, 2014

JERUSALEM— As Israel searches for three teenagers it says were kidnapped by Hamas, Israeli security forces are pursuing a parallel campaign to cripple the Islamist militant movement in the West Bank.

In the past four nights, Israeli troops have conducted predawn raids and detained at least 240 Palestinians, most of them members of Hamas. The troops have shut down Hamas radio stations, confiscated the group’s cash, captured its weapons and jailed its top-tier political leaders across the West Bank.

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