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Obama condemns 'senseless' murder of Israeli teens

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama condemned on Monday the “senseless” murder of three Israeli teenagers and warned against actions that could further “destabilise” the situation, amid threats of retaliation against Hamas.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth,” Mr Obama said in a written statement.

The president expressed “deepest and heartfelt condolences” to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel. The latter held both Israeli and American citizenship.

Israel earlier found the bodies of the missing teenagers in the West Bank, blamed Hamas for their murders and vowed to make the Islamist group pay.

US Presidential Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP
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