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Video: Inside the manhunt for missing Israeli teens

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-27

The Israel Defence Forces granted FRANCE 24 exclusive access to a unit of Bedouin trackers at the heart of Operation Brother’s Keeper, the vast army manhunt to find three Israeli youths who went missing on June 12.

Israel’s government has identified two members of the hard-line Islamist Hamas party as the central suspects in the alleged kidnapping, but has so far failed to produce concrete evidence to back its claim.

Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and Eyal Ifrach, 19, went missing more than two weeks ago while hitchhiking near the city of Hebron in the West Bank. No group has claimed responsibility for the suspected abduction so far.

Israeli officials have pledged to bring the teenagers back alive, but the army’s elite trackers told FRANCE 24 they are ready for anything.

After searching hundreds of sites, including Palestinian homes, and making hundreds of arrests, the soldiers have had to dig deeper into the West Bank.

To watch FRANCE 24's full video report with Israeli army trackers, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-06-27

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