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After security forces in the West Bank found the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who had been murdered, Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed revenge on Hamas, the group he holds responsible. Israeli security forces broke into the homes of the suspected kidnappers, Hamas operatives Marwan Qawasameh and Amar Abu Aisha, in Hebron. Israeli forces had been conducting security sweeps for three weeks in search of the youths; Palestinian sources claimed that as many as six Palestinians were killed in the operation. Hamas denied responsibility for the murder of the three teens, and warned that Israeli attempts to escalate will "open the gates of hell." An Israeli airstrike targeted the Gaza Strip after a rocket from Gaza exploded in Eshkol.
Prime Minister Netanyahu called for international support for Jordan in the face of the Islamic State threat, and also for Kurdish autonomy. The Israeli military conducted airstrikes against 12 locations in the Gaza Strip, targeting rocket launchers, weapons manufacturing sites, and "terror activity" sites, in response to a sharp increase in rocket attacks from Gaza. The military continued searching for three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas. Israeli diplomats have reportedly told the US that Israel is prepared to help Jordan avoid being taken over by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Israeli drones are said to be flying over the Jordan-Syria border. The Cabinet is considering whether to ban the radical northern faction of the Islamic Movement in Israel, which has allegedly called for the abduction of Israeli soldiers.
Israeli forces foiled a suicide bombing at a checkpoint south of Nablus, arresting a Palestinian man as he approached the Tapuah Junction with suspected pipe bombs hidden under his clothes. Shin Bet announced the arrest of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Toama, who told interrogators that Hamas secretly supports the Islamic Movement in Israel and that eight representatives of the international Muslim Brotherhood sit on Hamas' Shura Council.