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  • 6 July 2014, 9:43

Israel Makes Arrest Over Murdered Teenagers

An arrest has been made in connection with the kidnapping and murder of three teenagers, the Israel Defence Force has confirmed.

The arrest was made shortly after midnight in the West Bank city of Hebron in connection with the killings of Eyal Yifrach, 19, and 16-year-olds Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel.

After initially claiming the person held was one of the two suspects named two weeks ago, the IDF later said this "may not be" the case.

His family have identified him as Hossam Dufesh, the Associated Press reports, although the army has not elaborated on the arrest.

Israeli forces have concentrated their search for the killers on the Hebron area.

The young men disappeared on June 12 while hitch-hiking home from the Jewish school where they were studying.

Their bodies were later discovered by soldiers beneath a pile of rocks after the biggest Israeli ground operation inside the West Bank in nearly a decade.

Israel holds Hamas responsible, but the militant group has denied any involvement.

On Saturday, a funeral was held for an Arab teenager who many Palestinians believe was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.

The death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khadair has caused outrage after his burned body was found in Jerusalem Forest early on Wednesday.

Video has also emerged which allegedly shows an American teenager being beaten by Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem.

The boy's family say he is a US citizen and Mohammed's cousin.

Micky Rosenfeld, national spokesperson for the Israeli police, told Sky News the video is "edited" and "biased".

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