JERUSALEM (JTA) — The bodies of three kidnapped Israeli
teens have been found in a field north of Hebron.
announced at about 8:30 p.m. Monday that the families of Gilad Shaar, Naftali
Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach had been notified of the discovery. The bodies have
been positively identified.
It is believed that the bodies were dumped in
haste and covered quickly. The teens were reportedly killed shortly after they
were abducted on June 12.
The teens were last seen trying to get rides
home from a junction in Gush Etzion, a bloc of settlements located south of
One of the teens, Naftali Frenkel, is a dual American-Israeli
Israel’s Shin Bet security service and the Israel Defense Forces
on Thursday identified two West Bank
Palestinian men affiliated with Hamas, Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, as
the alleged kidnappers. The suspects, who live in Hebron, have been missing
since the June 12 kidnapping.