Israeli women hug each other as people light candles in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square as they mourn the death of three teenagers who were abducted, June 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
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Israel vowed Monday it would make Hamas pay for the deaths of three Israeli teens, whose bodies were found Monday near Hebron after a 17 day search.A senior Hamas official warned Israel against any reprisals, saying it would open "the gates of hell".It also triggered a surge in rocket attacks against southern Israel by militants in the Gaza Strip, which triggered retaliatory Israeli airstrikes almost nightly.Israel has publicly blamed Hamas for the teens' abduction and staged a major crackdown on the Islamist movement's West Bank network. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the bodies had been found around 1400 GMT but refused to comment on the cause of death.Following the teens' disappearance, Israel launched a vast search and arrest operation, which also sought to lay waste to Hamas's West Bank network.Hamas Monday warned Israel against any punitive action against the movement.Hamas has dismissed the Israeli allegations as "stupid" with Abu Zuhri accusing Israel of fabricating the abduction as an excuse to crack down on it.
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