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Fears over 3 Palestinian youths missing for over a week

Cellphones and 2 ID cards belonging to the three found near Ramallah; families say they have not heard from them

The West Bank city of Ramallah (CC BY-Ralf Lotys (Sicherlich)/Wikimedia Commons)
The West Bank city of Ramallah (CC BY-Ralf Lotys (Sicherlich)/Wikimedia Commons)

Three Palestinian youths have been reported missing since March 30, and their families said they fear for their lives.

Concerns grew after their cellphones and ID cards of two of the youths were found near the West Bank city of Ramallah last Friday, Bethlehem Radio said Thursday.

Palestinian police notified the families of Basel Mahmoud Ala’raj of al-Walaja, near Jerusalem; Mohammed Abdullah Harb of Jenin; and Haytham Sayaj of Hebron of the find on Sunday.

The families said that they have had no word about the whereabouts of the three.

Palestinian security forces said they were doing their utmost to find the three as quickly as possible, and urged the public to refrain from spreading rumors concerning the youths’ fate.

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