by Editor | July 1, 2014 2:37 am
BBC – Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted earlier this month in the West Bank have been found dead.
An Israeli military spokesman said their bodies were found in a pit near the town of Halhul, north of Hebron.
Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both aged 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach were last seen at a junction near Hebron as they hitchhiked home.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was responsible, a claim the Palestinian militant group has denied.
At the start of a meeting of the Israeli security cabinet, Mr Netanyahu said the three were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals” and promised: “Hamas will pay”.
But Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the AFP news agency that any action to punish the movement would “open the gates of hell”.
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