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Agony and tears as thousands turn out to say farewell to Israel's murdered teens

Published on Jul 2, 2014 12:52 AM

MODIIN, Israel (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Israelis turned out to pay an emotional farewell on Tuesday to three teenagers whose abduction and murder by Palestinian militants has traumatised the nation.

On a hot and windy afternoon, a sea of mourners from across the country packed into the cemetery in Modiin in central Israel to pay their last respects at a ceremony attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking in the southern West Bank, prompting a vast manhunt by thousands of Israeli police and soldiers.

Their bodies were found on Monday, 17 days after they were snatched. They had been shot dead, with Israel accusing the Islamist Hamas movement of their murder.

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