Netanyahu Says Missing Israeli Teen Found Dead In West Bank


A missing Israeli teenager was found dead in the occupied West Bank on Saturday in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “heinous murder.”

The disappearance of 14-year-old Benjamin Asimer on Friday sparked a massive manhunt and attacks on Palestinian villages.

“The heinous murder of a young boy…is a grave crime,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

The Israeli military said it was “extremely pursuing the heinous murderers and all those who cooperated with them.”

Akimer went missing from the Malachi Hashalom outpost near the city of Ramallah early Friday morning.

His body was found nearby, Israeli military and security forces said.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis live in West Bank settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.

The incident comes amid already heightened tensions due to the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

After Asimir’s disappearance, Israeli security forces and hundreds of volunteers formed a search party.

On Friday afternoon, Jewish settlers participating in the search operation attacked the village of al-Mughail, near Malachi Hashalom, an AFP reporter said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced Friday that at least one person was killed and 25 others injured.

The Palestinian state news agency reported that night that five Palestinians were injured in another attack on settlers in the village of Abu Farah, near Ramallah.

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