JERUSALEM, Israel (Tuesday, July 01) - Reported by madn3wz
Funerals of slain Israeli teens were held at on Tuesday afternoon in each of the victims’ hometowns, a day after the bodies of three teenagers were found in the West Bank. Tens of thousands of mourners converged to attend the funeral ceremonies of the teenagers.
|Avi and Rachel Fraenkel embrace during the funeral of their son, Naftali, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nof Ayalon, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (Image credit: The Montreal Gazette)|
Addressing thousands of mourners, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described their killers as "heinous murderers".
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was present in the funeral ceremony of 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach in Elad, while Finance Minister Yair Lapid attended the funeral of 16-year-old Gil-ad Shaar in Talmon.
The burial service of 16-year-old Naftali Fraenkel was held in Nof Ayalon and attended by Education Minister Shai Piron. The three teenagers were laid to rest side-by-side at the Modi'in Cemetery, after services were held at the teens' respective hometowns.
Mourners arrived in large convoys of buses arranged for the ceremony. PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres were among the speakers to eulogize the youths, whose bodies were wrapped in blue and white Israeli flags and laid on stretchers.
The bodies of all three were found on Monday, north of the Palestinian town Halhul, just north of Hebron. They had been missing since June 12. Israel has blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the deaths. Hamas has denied any involvement.
On Monday night, following the discovery of the bodies, an urgent cabinet meeting was called to assess the situation and to decide how to respond. Then Israel launched a massive air strike on the Gaza Strip, hitting 34 targets which the IDF said were terror-related.
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The Montreal Gazette