Saleh al-Arouri, senior figure living in exile in Turkey, made claims yesterday
â€¢Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16 and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped
â€¢Were hitch-hiking in West Bank - found dead but Hamas didn't comment
â€¢al-Arouri said 'heroic' soldiers were expressing 'will of the people'
â€¢The first time a Hamas figure has accepted responsibility
â€¢Came as funerals were held for Hamas leaders killed in Israeli airstrike
A veteran Hamas fighter, who founded the militant group's combat wing, has admitted that they abducted the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnaps triggered the current conflict in Gaza.
Saleh al-Arouri, a long-standing member of Hamas, said 'heroic' fighters grabbed the teenagers, two of whom were 16 and one 19.
They were later found dead, which helped galvanise Israel's bombing raids and ground operations in the Gaza strip.
Hamas had previously refused to comment on Israel's accusations that it was behind the abductions in Hebron, on the West Bank.
Speaking at a convention of Islamic scholars in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lives in exile, al-Arouri said: 'There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...a-conflict.htmlWell, there you have it...slimeballs just couldn't keep it a secret any longer.
90% of life is "showing up"