Netanyahu: 'Hamas Will Pay' for Dead Teens

Boys were found in a pit near West Bank town

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2014 12:58 PM CDT | Updated Jun 30, 2014 4:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – The three Israeli teenage boys missing since earlier this month have been found dead, according to the army and Israeli press reports, and CNN reports that PM Benjamin Netanyahu is swiftly responding by calling an emergency cabinet meeting. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," Netanyahu said in a statement, the AP reports. The boys "were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals." The bodies were found in a pit, reports the BBC, near the West Bank town where they went missing late June 12 or early June 13. Israel has blamed Hamas for the abductions, and initiated a massive crackdown in their aftermath. One of the teens was a US citizen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Monday, June 30, 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Monday, June 30, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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