WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the reported discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens, including one with American citizenship, who went missing earlier this month:

"Every parent's greatest fear is harm coming to his or her child, and so I can't imagine what the parents of Gil-ad, Naftali, and Eyal are experiencing on this sad day.

"As we look at the faces of these young boys, it is my hope that even those who seek harm upon us realize that children are off limits. Young kids should never be targets in conflict.

"I'm heartbroken today at the loss of these three boys. I wish comfort upon their families. And I hope whoever is responsible for this evil is brought swiftly to justice."