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Dead bodies of missing Israeli teenagers found in West Bank
Tuesday July 1, 2014 0:58 AM, Agencies

The Israeli security forces Monday found the dead bodies of three teenagers, kidnapped over two weeks ago, outside Hebron in West Bank, media reports said.

The bodies of Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, were found in a field north of the Palestinian town Halhul on the 18th day of search, The Jerusalem Post reported, adding that there was a heavy military presence in Hebron.

The area where the bodies were found has been declared a closed military perimeter. An emergency meeting of Israel's security cabinet will convene later Monday night.

The trio went missing on June 12 from a hitchhiking station in Gush Etzion.

Israel launched a massive search operation for the three throughout the West Bank and conducted operations against Hamas, which Israel held responsible for the abduction. Hundreds of Palestinians were arrested during the search operation.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of the security cabinet that the teenagers were "kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals", according to BBC.

"Our hearts bleed, the entire nation is crying with them", he added.

"We will bring the boys to be buried in Israel. Hamas is responsible - and Hamas will pay. May the memory of the three boys be blessed", he said.


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