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Israel holds murdered teenagers' funerals

July 1, 2014 6:18 pm

Israel holds murdered teenagers’ funeralsThe funerals of three teenagers who were abducted and murdered while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank have been held in Israel.

Addressing thousands of mourners, PM Benjamin Netanyahu described their killers as “heinous murderers”.

Israel has blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the deaths. Hamas has denied any involvement.

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The youths’ bodies were found on Monday evening, more than two weeks after the trio went missing.

Mr Netanyahu has said Hamas will be made to pay a price for the killings.

Speaking at the joint funeral held for Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach in central Israel, Mr Netanyahu said “a broad moral gulf separates us from our enemy. They sanctify death, we sanctify life”.

The funeral took place at Modein cemetery in central Israel. Modein, which is between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, is close to the boys’ family homes.

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