Horrible!! 3 Israeli teens abducted by Muslims have been found…dead!!
Security forces find bodies outside Hebron in Beit Kahil region on 18th day of search for Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah; intelligence agencies believe boys were killed shortly after abduction.
The search for Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, who were snatched while hitchhiking, ended even as Israeli forces were conducting raids in the West Bank, where Hamas operates. Frenkel holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. Sources said the bodies were found in a shallow grave in an open field. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to speak on the discovery later Monday.
After more than two weeks of agonizing, intensive searches in the West Bank, the military operation launched to locate abducted teenagers Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah reached a tragic end on Monday afternoon, when security forces discovered the bodies of the youths buried in field northwest of Hebron.
Security evaluations are that the teenagers were murdered a short time after being kidnapped.
The searches that led to the discovery of the bodies were led by the Kfir Infantry Brigade, the elite Maglan unit, and civilian volunteers, one of whom first found the bodies. The bodies were buried in a field three kilometers from the Palestinian town of Halhul, north of Hebron.
The Shin Bet is continuing intelligence efforts to track down the two Hamas kidnappers, MarwanKawasme and AmarAbuAysha, both from Hebron, as well as all of those involved in the kidnapping.
The discovery came after the Shin Bet focused its efforts in the area over the past two days.
The intelligence agency launched a painstaking and complex process to compile an intelligence puzzle that eventually led to the location of the bodies.
Information was gathered from a variety of sources, including Shin Bet regional coordinators, signal intelligence, desk analysts, and information obtained through the questioning of arrested security suspects.
This led to a gradual elimination of areas where the agency believed it would find the bodies, until estimations honed in on the area near Halhul.
After the discovery, the bodies were transported to Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel for further examination.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz held a security evaluation with senior military brass following the discovery of the bodies of the missing teens.
A large number of police officers and security forces had gathered at the Halhul junction north of Hebron, near the area where the three were said to have been abducted. The area was declared a closed military perimeter. the homes of the kidnappers were raided by security forces in Hebron.
Clashes broke out in the area between security forces and Palestinians.
Since the start of the operation launched to locate the missing teens, the IDF has arrested 419 security suspects, of those, 276 of them Hamas members, including 56 who were released as part of the Gilad Schalit exchange with Hamas in 2011.
Twelve Hamas leaders have been arrested in the West Bank. The IDF launched 39 brigade-wide raids, and targeted 63 Hamas civilian bodies.
Hamas radio and television media have been shut down, and restricted access has been in place around areas of Hebron for 17 days.
The IDF searched 2,216 West Bank homes. Meanwhile, in Gaza, terrorists fired some 40 rockets at Israel, and the air force responded with 13 waves of air strikes in response. Ben Hartman contributed to this report
Please PRAY for the Families and Friends as they’re in pain or losing their loved ones!! These Three teenager Boys Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16 are in HEAVEN with our FATHER!!
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