The Israeli army confirmed Monday evening that authorities have located the bodies of three Israeli teenagers abducted as they made their way home from their religious school in the West Bank.
While few details were released on the exact fate of the three teens, security officials said the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were found in an open area close to Hebron, in the West Bank, near the location where the teens disappeared. Fraenkel was a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen.
Security officials said the bodies were found Monday by civilian volunteer searchers near the village of Halhul just north of Hebron, the Associated Press reported. The teens were apparently shot soon after they were abducted while hitchhiking, the officials said.