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Hamas official: The abduction is an honor we can neither confirm nor deny

Senior Hamas official Ismail al-Ashkar responded to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations that the movement is behind the kidnapping of the three teens in the West Bank. "The kidnapping is a great honor we can neither confirm nor deny," al-Ashkar said in an official statement to the Hamas weekly al-Risala. 

 

He added: "The statements made by leaders of the occupation and their claims about the movement's involvement in the incident do not interest us." Al-Ashkar further said that Israel is helpless in its efforts to search for the kidnapped teens. (Neemdor Semel)