IDF soldiers converged on a house in the Ein Deir Baha neighborhood in Hebron Sunday night and arrested two people.
Soldiers have been combing the area for three Israeli teenagers abducted by Palestinians Thursday night. The three — Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 — were not in the house.
IDF soldiers surrounded another house in the neighborhood, but there was no indication whether arrests were made in the second building.
Israel on Sunday accused Hamas of carrying out the kidnapping, and there were reports that the first house belonged to a prominent Hamas-affiliated family. Channel 2 reported that two Hamas operatives were likely holed up in the building.
According to Palestinian sources, the IDF launched a missile at the building, causing a large explosion. A conflicting report said that the explosion occurred when soldiers detonated an explosives charge outside the door of the house.
At least one Palestinian was injured in the blast, reports said.
Most of the people in the house were said to be women, and clashes between Palestinian protesters and IDF soldiers took place outside the structure.
There was no immediate Israeli confirmation of the Palestinian reports.
In addition, the IDF operated across the West Bank Sunday night and early Monday morning. Soldiers arrested seven suspects in the village of Tell overnight, and conducted searches in Nablus, Bethlehem, El-Khader, and Kfar Tubas, the news site Walla reported.
Israel significantly increased its security presence in Hebron on Sunday afternoon as a closure was imposed on the city, where the IDF has concentrated its efforts to hunt down the terrorists.
Over 80 Palestinians, including a number of senior Hamas officials, were taken into Israeli custody overnight Saturday.
On Sunday evening, Channel 2 news reported that the search was focused on a specific area in Hebron.
An additional battalion of infantry forces was sent to Hebron to bolster forces already there and special units that operate observation balloons were also ordered to take up positions overlooking the city.
By Sunday afternoon some 2,500 soldiers had been sent to the city, Ynet reported.
Stuart Winer contributed to this report.