The Vatican has condemned the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank as a 'hideous and unacceptable crime' and an obstacle to peace, Reuters reports.
In an unusually strong statement, the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis, who visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in April, was united with the families of the victims who were suffering 'unspeakable pain.'
'The killing of innocent people is always a hideous and unacceptable crime, a grave obstacle on the path towards peace ...,' Fr Federico Lombardi SJ said, calling the news of the deaths 'terrible and dramatic.'
The three missing teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces after a nearly three-week-long search and a sweep against the Islamist Hamas group that Israel says abducted them.
Vatican calls teenagers deaths hideous, a threat to peace (Chicago Tribune)