By LEA SPEYER, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS—
It is with a heavy heart that we report Israeli security forces discovered the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, Naftali Frenkel, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach.
The bodies of the boys, who were kidnapped in Judea by Hamas terrorists on June 12, were found north of Hebron in a field.
Israeli security forces discovered the bodies on Monday afternoon during an extensive search of a surrounding field.
Upon discovery of the bodies, the area was immediately sealed off and declared a closed military zone. According to initial reports, a search team lead by Yaron Rosenthal, head of the Kfar Etzion field school, along with elite IDF soldiers, discovered the bodies.
The bodies were found partially buried in a shallow grave at around 5 p.m. on Monday. Preliminary reports show that the boys were shot shortly after their kidnappings. The parents of the teens were informed of their sons’ deaths Monday evening.
According to a report by Israel’s Channel 2, the bodies were not in a good condition when they were found. “It was a harrowing sight,” the report stated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has convened an emergency cabinet session for 9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Israel named two prime suspects, Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, as the kidnappers. Members of Hamas, the two have been missing from their homes since the kidnappings took place.