Last updated: 30 June, 2014

Israel confirms 3 teens found dead, says Hamas responsible

Israel on Monday confirmed finding the bodies of three teenagers who disappeared in the southern West Bank on June 12, blaming the Islamist Hamas movement for their kidnapping and murder.

“I was filled with deep sadness upon hearing of the murders of Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists,” deputy defence minister Danny Danon said in a statement that called for an operation aimed at “eradicating Hamas”.