Obama condemns abductions of teens in Middle East

Israeli settlers hold flags  on June 30, 2014 at the enterence to Halhoul north of Hebron, West Bank. The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped 18 days ago in the West Bank have been found, it was announced Monday night. The bodies were found north of the Palestinian town Halhul, just north of Hebron.  (Lior Mizrahi, Getty Images)
Israeli settlers hold flags on June 30, 2014 at the enterence to Halhoul north of Hebron, West Bank. The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped 18 days ago in the West Bank have been found, it was announced Monday night. The bodies were found north of the Palestinian town Halhul, just north of Hebron. (Lior Mizrahi, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is condemning what he calls a "senseless act of terror against innocent youth" in the Mideast, and offering U.S. help to find those who killed three teenagers.

Obama is extending condolences to the families of the teens found by the Israeli military on Monday, two weeks after they were allegedly abducted by Hamas militants.

Obama said in a statement, "As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys are experiencing."

Obama is encouraging Israel and the Palestinian Authority to work together to find those responsible and is offering U.S. support. He is urging all parties to "refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation."

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