JERUSALEM --The search for three missing Israeli teens entered its fifth day today with Israeli forces continuing to comb the West Bank for clues. Overnight, Israeli forces arrested more than 40 Palestinians, most in the city of Nablus, bringing the total to more than 200.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with the families of 16-year-olds Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah on Monday, promising them that he'd bring the boys home.
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"There's a growing concern about their fate," Israel's Channel 10 military analyst Alon Ben-David told ABC News. "I don't see optimism among people responsible for the investigation."
"There's a continuous sense of progress, an accurate picture of what happened, where they are generally in terms of area," he said, adding that the kidnappers are believed to be Hamas operatives who didn't get orders from Hamas leadership, or report to them after the abduction.
Hamas has denied Netanyahu's accusations that the group is behind the boys' kidnapping.
The teens were taken near the Alon Shveut settlement in the West Bank late Thursday night as they stood by the side of the road, waiting for a ride. There were posters of support today at the spot where the teens were believed to have been taken, one reading: "Bring Back Our Boys."
"We ask that people continue praying and doing all the good works that they have been doing for the past few days," Frenkel's mother said today. "We just want to hug our children."