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Three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have been found dead.

FOX News Radio's Emily Wither has the story from Jerusalem:

The bodies of the three missing teens were found north of Hebron-- near where they disappeared on June 12th. Initial evidence shows the boys were murdered soon after being kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Their bodies were found buried. The news is expected to raise tensions, with clashes already being reported in Hebron. Since the teens went missing, there's been an increase in rocket attacks in the Gaza Strip and at least five Palestinians have been killed during Israeli raids.

In Jerusalem, Emily Wither, FOX News Radio.

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Read a statement below by the President on the deaths of the Israeli teens:

On behalf of the American people I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel - who held Israeli and American citizenship. As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys are experiencing.  The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth.  From the outset, I have offered our full support to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort.  I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.  As the Israeli people deal with this tragedy, they have the full support and friendship of the United States.

 

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