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Murdered teens laid to rest as Israel mulls response

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:33 AM
 

MODIIN, Israel (AFP) - Israel on Tuesday paid an emotional farewell to three teenagers killed in the West Bank, while vowing to hunt down the Hamas militants it holds responsible for their kidnap and murder.

The disappearance of Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, from a roadside in the southern West Bank on June 12 and the hunt for their kidnappers has gripped the Israeli public, triggering an outpouring of public grief and anger.

But the drama drew to a bitter end on Monday when troops uncovered three bodies in a field in the West Bank.

All three had been shot in a triple murder blamed on militants from the Islamist Hamas movement.

Israeli outgoing President Shimon Peres (right) delivers a speech next to the bodies of Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, all three wrapped in their national flag, as he attends their funeral on July 1, 2014 in the cemetery of Modiin in central Israel. Israel on Tuesday paid an emotional farewell to three teenagers killed in the West Bank, while vowing to hunt down the Hamas militants it holds responsible for their kidnap and murder. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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