By Dave Bender
A small Israeli army drone crashed into the roof of a Palestinian home in Chevron on Sunday, as the Israeli army’s Operation Brother’s Keeper to find three kidnapped teens entered its ninth day.
Citing a “technical malfunction,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman said the “unmanned aircraft fell in the Chevron area, and was handed over to security forces.”
Palestinian security forces said they confiscated the device, which was discovered by local residents, according to Israeli daily Ma’ariv, and handed over the craft to the IDF.
Elsewhere, the search for Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, who were abducted from a hitchhiking post in the Gush Etzion bloc, south of Jerusalem, continued.
The IDF put out an unusual request via social media for volunteers to help in the search in the area, and specifically noted that volunteers needed to be well-versed in the local geography, and specified that the army could not take responsibility for their well-being.
Army units combing Palestinian areas in the south Chevron hills region discovered a series of tunnels hidden behind false walls and under appliances, according to the IDF, as well as bomb making facilities in civilian apartment buildings.