Israel sends 2,000 troops into West Bank

The soldiers are searching for three teenagers who were kidnapped on Friday.

FILE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his army to do everything it can to find the missing teens. Picture: AFP.

TEL AVIV - More than 2,000 Israeli soldiers have been dispatched to the West Bank to search for three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped late Friday.

Overnight the Israeli Defence Force arrested 80 Palestinians in the West Bank, including senior Hamas members and Palestinian lawmakers.

It's still unclear who is behind the kidnapping of the three teenagers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his army to do everything it can to find them.

He says he directly blames the recent reconciliation between Gaza and the West Bank as the cause of this terror attack.

Two previously unknown groups have come forward to claim responsibility.

The Israeli Defence Minister says they're assuming the boys are alive until proven otherwise.

Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are celebrating. It's thought the possible motive could be to set up a prisoner exchange.