Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Jerusalem - A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Salah Arouri told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday that Hamas carried out the kidnapping with the broader goal of sparking a new Palestinian uprising. "It was an operation by your brothers from the al-Qassam Brigades," he said, referring to Hamas' military wing.

Hamas has repeatedly praised the kidnappings, but Arouri, the group's exiled West Bank leader, is the first member to claim responsibility.

The kidnapping sparked an Israeli crackdown and chain of events culminating in the current war.

- AP
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Gilliaume Strydom 2014-08-22 05:14:42 AM
I hope this shuts up all those who think Hamas are the the inocent party up!!!
Toofaan Monsoon 2014-08-22 05:29:03 AM
And all this time I was wondering how Israel could be this cruel. But Hamas deliberately did this to start an uprising and knew how many kids will die as a result. This is not on. I want to see this confirmed in mainstream media of course, but if true I will never again even consider whether Hamas may be right. NOTHING justifies deliberately killing your own people. Andd if the people of Gaza see this article and still support Hamas, then it's pretty obvious that we don't have the same set of values (and I actually question whether they should have my support). Nothing is more important than your family. How can you support anyone who puts them at risk ???
Andrew Gibbs 2014-08-22 05:34:04 AM
Those liberal idiots will soon forget this inconvenient bit of information and go back to condemning Israel.
Nithaam Moses 2014-08-22 05:39:16 AM
Kevin 2014-08-22 05:49:09 AM
@toofaan do a search on "Hamas Israeli teens" it's on every major news network globally. Finally Hamas has been exposed for what they are terrorist scum
Alan Yates 2014-08-22 05:51:16 AM
After this foul wave of Muslims and leftist brownshirts desecrating Western Political Capital cities with their vile anti-jewish marches, the pro-IslamMainstream Media belatedly publishes this well known fact of Muslims killing Jews. Non Muslim countries of the free Westt must wake up. FATAH=iS, HAMAS=iS...Do all the "pro Palestinian" leftists really think that if Muslims took political power (as they are stiving to do in Europe, UK, Nigeria, CAR, North Africa and elsewhere, polluting the landscape with ugly Mosques and evil dress codes) they, like HAMAS or IS, would not do a "Mosul" or a "Westgate" or a "Lee Rigby" or a "Foley" on Non Muslims? The Persecuted, butchered, beheaded and crucified Christians of the middle east over 1400 years of Islamic occupation give the whole world the answer as to what will be the result of intolerant Islamic dominance in the West. Support Israel! Boycott BDS! Boycott pro HAMAS entities aiding Islamic Jihad.
Ziyaad Zizoo 2014-08-22 05:54:00 AM
Ya right..everytime is hamas using human shields and hamas shooting rockets and now hamas is claiming responsibility for kidnapping the teenagers. This is just more Israel lies to cover up their planned bombing of innocent civilians. The mainstream media will keep blaming hamas to cover up the zionist blatant war crimes.
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-22 06:17:14 AM
So what do the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israelean fanatics in SA say now?
Dave Parker 2014-08-22 06:32:49 AM
and now a comment from the Islamic supporters"..... " Yip - nothing
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-22 06:40:52 AM
Ja these hamas huggers can now p@#$ off!