Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, three Jewish teenagers abducted by Palestinian terrorists over two weeks ago, were found dead on Monday.
The bodies of the three youths were discovered near the Judean town of Hebron by civilian volunteers from an Israeli field school in the area.
Officials now believe the three were killed very shortly after being kidnapped from a hitchhiking post in the Etzion Bloc of Jewish settlements in Judea. All indications are that the bodies were disposed of in a hurry and were not in a good condition when they were found.
The families of the victims have been notified, and authorities have closed all roads to their homes to prevent media access for the time being.
Late last week, Israel published the identities of the Hamas terrorists believed to have perpetrated the abduction and murder of Yifrah, Shaar and Frenkel. Israeli forces continue their manhunt for the terrorists.
The Israeli cabinet is set to meet in emergency session at 21:30 local time to discuss a response.