(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
Following extensive searches in order to locate the three abducted teens - Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frenkel
- an effort led by the IDF, the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and the Israel Police, three bodies were discovered in the area northwest of Hebron, north of the Israeli community of Telem.
The bodies are currently going through forensic identification.
The families of the abducted teens have been notified.
Israeli authorities have named two Hamas members as prime suspects in the kidnapping
- Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Isa - who have been missing from their homes in Hebron since the kidnapping.
On August 20, 2014
, speaking before the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Turkey, Hamas leader Saleh Aruri publicly admitted that Hamas kidnapped the three Israeli teenagers.
The statement was aired on YouTube.