Killed Israeli teenagers laid to rest as Israel mourns
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 00:53
Family and loved ones mourn the death of 16-year-old Israeli Gil-Ad Sha'er, after his body along with the remains of two other missing Israeli teens are found under a pile of rocks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Mourners gathered around the shrouded body of 16-year-old Israeli Gil-Ad Sha'er in his hometown of Talmon on Tuesday (July 1) for an emotional funeral service.
Sha'er was one of three Israeli teenagers who went missing on June 12 while hitchhiking and whose bodies were found on Sunday (June 29) under a pile of rocks in a field near Hebron.
Israel has blamed their abduction and killing on the militant Palestinian group Hamas.
Services for the other two teens, Naftali Fraenkel, also 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, were also held on Tuesday in their respective homes towns, before the remains of all three teenagers were transported later in the day to the city of Modi'in, where thousands had gathered to witness their burial side-by-side.
Their deaths have prompted an outpouring of national grief and Israel has vowed to punish Hamas over the killings.
Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding two Palestinians, but Israeli officials said Israel's security cabinet was split on the scope of any further action. The United States and regional power-broker Egypt urged restraint.
Hamas has been rocked by the arrest of dozens of its activists in an Israeli sweep in the West Bank over the past three weeks during the search for the teenagers that Israel said was also aimed at weakening the militant movement. Up to six Palestinians died as a result of the Israeli operation, local residents said
The men Israel has accused of carrying out the abductions are still at large.
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