The US President Barack Obama extended condolences Monday night on behalf of the American people to the families of the teens found dead Monday and condemned a “senseless act of terror against innocent youth.” He said: “As a father, I can’t imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys are experiencing.”

Obama offered US help to find those who killed the teenagers. He encouraged Israel and the Palestinians to work together to find those responsible with US support and urged all parties to “refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”