Israeli security forces find the bodies of three teenagers who went missing in the West Bank earlier this month. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Israeli forces find the bodies of three missing teenagers, including an American national, in the occupied West Bank Monday.
This comes after a nearly three-week-long search and a sweep targeted at the Islamist Hamas group that Israel says abducted them.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his security cabinet for a special session that could decide on stronger military moves against Hamas, which has neither confirmed nor denied the Israeli allegations.
The kidnapping of the three Jewish seminary students near a settlement in the West Bank appalled Israelis who rallied behind the teens' families.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI CITIZEN, BAY ANA, SAYING:
"I don't know what to say. Really, it's painful. For everyone, not only for Israelis. This is really really, how can I tell you. I don't know, it's painful for everybody who feels humanity."
The bodies were found in a field near Hebron, a militant stronghold and the hometown of two Hamas members identified by Israel as the kidnappers who are still at large.
Officials say the teens had apparently been shot soon after having been abducted while hitchhiking.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSH PATT, HEAD OF LOCAL COUNCIL OF NOF AYALON, SAYING:
"We hoped to hear better news ,but unfortunately we just learned of what happened and just want to say how everybody here feels for the families and we miss these boys."
Israeli media say the break in the case came after the relatives of the alleged abductors were interrogated. A large number of troops gathered at the spot - in the general area where the teenagers disappeared - to recover the bodies.
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