Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza




 
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July 1st, 2014  
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Topic: Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza


By Ori Lewis MODI'IN Israel (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. In his eulogy at the cemetery in the center of the country, President Shimon Peres, a usually dovish elder statesman, echoed official vows to punish Hamas. Israel will act with a heavy hand until terror is uprooted," he said at the ceremony in Modi'in, a town between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding two Palestinians, as it struck at Hamas a day after finding the bodies of the three youths in the occupied West Bank, not far from where they went missing while hitchhiking on June 12.




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