Israel is beefing up boots on the ground in a West Bank incursion of paratroopers, infantry and special forces dubbed “Return Our Sons,” an operation aimed at recovering three teens abducted while hitchhiking on June 12.

As of late June 15, more than three Israel Defense Forces (IDF) brigades, Shin Bet security teams and elite units were operating primarily in the area south of Hebron, where officials suspect Hamas operatives associated with Hamas may be holding the captives.

With select reserve forces taking up positions elsewhere in so-called Area C where Israel maintains full control of the disputed territory, the operation marks the largest West Bank incursion since Israel’s 2002 Defensive Shield campaign, sources here say. […]