Israeli Missing Teenagers: Hamas warns 'Gates of Hell Will Open' as Israel Bombs Gaza Strip (Video)
|A ball of fire follows an Israel airstrike in southern Gaza July 1st. Photo: Getty Images|
The response came after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed: "Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay", following the discovery of the bodies of the three missing youths yesterday.
The Israeli military struck 34 targets across the Gaza Strip overnight after more than 20 rockets were fired from the territory into Israel since late Sunday.
Hamas, however, responded warning against any broad offensive on the territory. Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said: "Netanyahu should know that threats don't scare Hamas, and if he wages a war on Gaza, the gates of hell will open on him."
Mr Netanyahu said the teenagers "were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals", as he convened an emergency meeting of his security cabinet.
Video: Israel vows to make Hamas pay for murders [click link]
Overnight Israel launched more than 34 air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The strikes followed around 18 rocket attacks on southern Israel from Gaza since Sunday night, the Israeli military said.According to reports Israeli troops also flooded into the Palestinian town of Halhul where the bodies of the three kidnapped teenagers were found.
Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking home from the Jewish seminaries where they were studying near the West Bank city of Hebron.
|Israelis hold a vigil in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. The candles spell out the names of the slain teenagers in Hebrew.Photo: Reuters|