IDF Intensifies Sweeps in North Chevron


ayal-gilad-kidnappedThe search for  Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), Eyal Yifrah (19), the kidnapped Israeli teens, has intensified, as IDF soldiers are conducting heavy sweeps of the northern Chevron area.

A group of Palestinian terrorists clashed with IDF forces in the area. Additional information is not being reported at this time.

Unsubstantiated rumors have been swirling around the internet. None of them have been confirmed by Israeli officials.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier, the police’s blunder regarding their handing of a phone call which came from one of the three abducted boys a short while after they were abducted has led to a number of dismissals.  One of the boys called the police and whispered “I’ve been kidnapped, I’ve been kidnapped.” The young policeman who received the call passed the information to a veteran policewoman, who decided to disregard it. As a result, valuable time was lost. It was not until several hours later that the IDF was notified of the abduction.

An Inquiry committee was appointed by the Chief of Police Yochanan Danino, led by police Brigadier General Moshe Barkat, to check the police’s handling of the early stages of the kidnapping, with an emphasis on the treatment of the phone call. Today, the committee presented its findings and recommendations to the commissioner. The Inquiry committee found that the conduct of the police call center was seriously faulty. Policemen at all levels were found to have conducted themselves unprofessionally. Subsequently the Committee’s findings include personal conclusions and systemic conclusions, regarding the conduct of the police.

The Security Cabinet is slated to hold an emergency meeting at 9:30 p.m.

{ Israel News Bureau}