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Officials: Israel Finds Bodies of Kidnapped Teens

Israeli army and police by armoured vehicles in the West Bank village of Halhoul, north of Hebron, June 30, 2014, where reportedly the bodies of the three Israelis teenagers, missing and presumed kidnapped since 12 June, were discovered in a cave.
Israeli army and police by armoured vehicles in the West Bank village of Halhoul, north of Hebron, June 30, 2014, where reportedly the bodies of the three Israelis teenagers, missing and presumed kidnapped since 12 June, were discovered in a cave. Jim Hollander—EPA

(JERUSALEM) — Security officials say the Israeli military has discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month.

They say the bodies were found Monday near the village of Halhul, near the location where the teens disappeared on June 12.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in exchange for releasing the information ahead of a formal announcement.

The search for the teens has become a national obsession, setting off a frantic manhunt and large crackdown on the Hamas militant group.

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