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Israeli search for kidnapped youths turns into push against Hamas

The Israeli military yesterday signalled that its search operation for three youths abducted in the occupied West Bank has expanded into a broader push against the militant Hamas movement that it blames for the kidnapping. “The Israel Defence Forces are acting in a scope that is widening,” said the army chief of staff Lt-Gen Benny Gantz. “This event will not pass without Hamas paying a heavy price,” added the Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, yesterday evening. Troops yesterday arrested another 50 Palestinians during sweeps, most of them leaders or activists in Hamas, including Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Palestinians reported troops were combing villages around…