SA condemns Israeli teen kidnapping

Govt has called for the teenagers to be released following their disappearance in Israel 8 days ago.

The army says more than 150 Palestinians have been arrested in the search for the three youngsters who were snatched from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the southern West Bank on June 12, with Israel pointing the finger at Hamas. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African government has called on the kidnappers of three Israeli teenagers to release them.

It condemned the kidnapping, which happened in an Israeli settlement eight days ago.

There has been no word on the whereabouts of the three and it's not certain who has taken them.

The three disappeared from a popular hitchhiking spot near the Gush Etzion settlement in the southern west bank earlier this month.

Israel has blamed the movement Hamas and has so far arrested 280 Palestinians in a military operation to find the three.

International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela says the South African government calls upon all parties involved to exercise restraint, including a halt to the arbitrary arrest of Palestinians.

South Africa has bilateral relations with Israel and Palestine and says it will monitor developments with keen interest.