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Bodies of three Israeli missing teens found near Hebron

English.news.cn   2014-07-01 02:14:19
 Israeli security forces discovered the bodies of three missing Israeli teens near Hebron in the West Bank.
 • Netanyahu will convene his diplomatic-security cabinet to discuss the recent developments.
• The suspected kidnappers have not been apprehended.

 

Israeli seminary students Naftali Frankel (R), 16, who also holds U.S. citizenship, Gilad Shaer (C), 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, are seen in this combo of undated family handout photos released on June 16, 2014.

Israeli seminary students Naftali Frankel (R), 16, who also holds U.S. citizenship, Gilad Shaer (C), 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, are seen in this combo of undated family handout photos released on June 16, 2014. Israeli security forces discovered on the evening of June 30 that the bodies of three Israeli teens, who went missing on June 12, near Hebron in the West Bank, the military confirmed. The bodies of 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaer, both 16, were found in the Judean Hills in the southern West Bank, north of Hebron, between the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar and Halhul. Their bodies were discovered in an area controlled by the Palestinian Authority, not far from where they were considered to be kidnapped. (Xinhua/JINI)

JERUSALEM, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security forces discovered on Monday evening the bodies of three Israeli teens, who went missing on June 12, near Hebron in the West Bank, the military confirmed.

The bodies of 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaer, both 16, were found in the Judean Hills in the southern West Bank, north of Hebron, between the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar and Halhul. Their bodies were discovered in an area controlled by the Palestinian Authority, not far from where they were considered to be kidnapped.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his diplomatic-security cabinet at 9:30 p.m. local time (GMT1830) to discuss the recent developments and possible courses of action. The Israeli parliament stopped deliberations immediately following the developments and will resume working on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers were operating near Halhul to retrieve the bodies, prompting clashes with Palestinian protesters who hurled stones at the soldiers and their vehicles. The suspected kidnappers have not been apprehended.

Israeli security forces conducted a manhunt in the West Bank territories in the past two weeks dubbed as operation "Brother's Keeper" to track down the missing teens and their suspected kidnappers. More than 420 Palestinian suspects were arrested and some of Hamas' institutions were closed.

The operation included raids and overnight operations across the West Bank and searches were conducted in more than 2,200 locations, according to the Israeli army. More than four Palestinians were killed in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the past two weeks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas is behind the attack and urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve his national unity government with it.

The Shin Bet Security Agency on Thursday named two main suspects in the teens' suspected kidnapping.

In addition to the operation in the West Bank, more than 70 rockets were launched by militants in the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel. Israel retaliated in several air raids killing at least three Palestinians, according to local media reports.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to expand its operation against Hamas. Abbas condemned the suspected kidnapping and said whoever is behind it is set to destroy the Palestinian Authority.

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JERUSALEM, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on Monday evening the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found earlier this evening in the West Bank.

"Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay," Netanyahu said in a statement to the press at the beginning of an urgent meeting of his diplomatic-security cabinet that was convened to discuss the recent developments and the possible courses of action.   Full story

Abbas chairs emergency meeting after 3 missing Israelis found dead

RAMALLH, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called for an emergency meeting of his leadership to debate the situation after three Israelis, who disappeared in southern West Bank in June 12, were found dead, officials said.

Nabil Abu Rdineh, said in a statement published by the Palestinian state-run Wafa news agency that the emergency meeting "will debate the current political developments and the consequences of the latest incidents."    Full story



 

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