Israeli soldiers search for three missing teens believed to have been abducted in the West Bank city of Jenin June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
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Israel Thursday banned a British-based charity from operating in the occupied West Bank, accusing Islamic Relief Worldwide of being a source of funding for the Palestinian Hamas Islamist movement.The edict was issued as part of Israel's crackdown on Hamas, through raids on its West Bank institutions and arrests of suspected activists, after accusing the group of abducting three Israeli teenagers who disappeared near a Jewish settlement a week ago.Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon signed an order declaring the IRW an "unauthorized association" and empowering Israeli authorities to seize any funds the group might send to Palestinians in the West Bank.Hamas is designated a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and European Union.
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