Bodies of missing Israeli teens found
Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach went missing at a road junction near Hebron.
JERUSALEM - The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who'd been reported missing early this month were found in a field north of Hebron in the West Bank.
Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach went missing at a road junction near Hebron early this month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency security cabinet meeting about the issue.
The three teens disappeared from the Jewish settlement Gush Etzion in the West Bank.
Israeli security forces conducted an extensive search for the teens within days of their disappearance and Israeli soldiers had detained more than 150 Palestinian suspects.
Al Jazeera television, quoting Israeli sources, also reported that the bodies had been found and said the inner Israeli cabinet was to hold an emergency meeting later in the evening.
Israel has accused the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which has its power base in the Gaza Strip, of being behind the abduction of the teenagers. Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied involvement.
Israeli forces mounted, and have since sharply scaled back, a sweep through Palestinian towns and villages, mainly in and around the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Dozens of Hamas members have been detained.
Since the start of the Israeli operation, some 40 rockets have been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, the military said.
Hamas called for Israel's destruction, although various officials have at times indicated a willingness to negotiate a long-term ceasefire.