JERUSALEM – Israeli security forces are combing the West Bank in search of three missing teenagers, including a U.S. citizen, who they fear may have been abducted by Palestinian militants.
A military spokesman said Saturday that "operational and intelligence" forces are deployed but would not elaborate.
The teens went missing Thursday night after leaving their Jewish seminary in the West Bank.
A Palestinian security official said Israel has arrested 14 people in connection to the case.
Israel is also examining footage from security cameras belonging to local shopkeepers and residents.
The disappearance of the teens is the first serious incident to strain relations with Israel since the formation of a Palestinian unity government earlier this month led by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas and backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.