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Missing Israeli teens found dead in West Bank

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The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who the country's authorities said were kidnapped this month have been found in a field north of Hebron in the West Bank, Israel's Channel Two and Channel Ten reported Monday, citing sources in the Israeli military.

The Israeli military publicly said Monday that it has found three bodies northwest of Hebron, and that the bodies are "going through forensic identification."

The military also said it has informed the families of the three missing teens about the discovery.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency security Cabinet meeting about the issue Monday; an announcement from the Cabinet is expected shortly, according to the Israeli military.

The three teens -- Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 -- disappeared late June 12 or early June 13 from the a Jewish settlement -- Gush Etzion -- in the West Bank, the Israeli military has said.

Last week, the Israel Security Agency said it believed two "Hamas activists from Hebron" were behind the teens' disappearances.

Israeli security forces conducted an extensive search for the teens. Within days after their disappearance, Israeli soldiers had detained more than 150 Palestinian suspects. The military said Hamas leaders and operatives were among the suspects.

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