June 18, 2014 at 6:51 am

Abbas' forces looking for missing Israeli teens

An Israeli soldier breaks the lock on a house door in the village of Taffouh near the West Bank city of Hebron, June 18, 2014. Israeli security forces searched the West Bank, looking for three missing Israeli teenagers, including an American, who they fear have been abducted by Palestinian militants. (Majdi Mohammed / AP)

Ramallah, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says his forces are searching for the three Israeli teens missing in the West Bank and criticized their abductors.

Abbas told Muslim and Arab leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia that those who abducted the three “want to destroy us.” He did not elaborate, but appeared to be referring to his government.

Abbas says that once the kidnappers are found, his government will “settle accounts with them.”

The teens disappeared last week and Israel has blamed the Islamic militant Hamas for their apparent abduction. Israel has carried out mass arrests of Hamas activists in response.

Abbas spoke on Wednesday to a gathering of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. His remarks were carried by the Palestinian news agency WAFA.