A senior Hamas official has acknowledged that members of the military wing of the organization are responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli boys in June.
Israel Ch. 2 reports the official stated Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, kidnapped and murdered Eyal Yifrach, 19; Naftali Fraenkel, 16; and Gilad Shaar, 16 on June 12.
Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri made the comments during a conference organized by the World Association of Muslim Scholars in Turkey.
Before the boys’ bodies were found, Netanyahu accused Hamas of kidnapping them and said that “Hamas will pay for his actions.
Up to this point, leaders of the organization stated the orders had not reached the West Bank to kidnap the teens.
In the aftermath of the kidnapping, the IDF launched a wide-scale operation in the West Bank, arresting hundreds of Hamas operatives.
The two suspects in the kidnapping, Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha are Hebron-area Hamas operatives who remain at large.
The alleged mastermind of the kidnapping, Hussam Kawasame, was arrested on July 11.
On Monday, Border Patrol officers demolished the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Abu Aysha and sealed off the home of Marwan Kawasme.