Early yesterday, soldiers wrapped the bodies of [Koby Mandell], 13, and Yossi Ishran, 14, in drab green military tarps and tied them to stretchers to carry them from the cave up the rocky escarpment of Wadi Hariton, a dry riverbed about a half mile from the boys' homes in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa. The settlement is located about 8 miles from Jerusalem.
Another possible motive, residents of the settlement said, was that members of the extended Abayyad family from surrounding Palestinian villages may have been seeking revenge for the death of Mohammed Abayyad, a Palestinian gunmen, killed by Israeli forces Sunday in an incursion into the Palestinian-controlled neighborhood of Beit Jala, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
"The Palestinians look barbaric as a result of this killing. But at the end of the day, is it any different than when civilians are killed by Israeli tanks or attack helicopters? Two teenage boys are killed today who are Israeli, and we have had two killed every day who are Palestinian for the last seven months. . . . What happened today is two more civilians were killed, that is what we should all be upset about," [Ghassan Khatib] added.
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