Israel says eight Iranian Jews missing since 1990s were murdered

Families of the missing Iranian Jews meet with David Meidan on March 20, 2014

Two decades of mystery surrounding the fate of eight Iranian Jews who disappeared in 1994 came to a bitter close Thursday, as the Mossad said that the group had been murdered while attempting to emigrate to Israel.

In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office Thursday night, it was revealed that the Mossad had been tracking 11 Jews who had fled the Islamic Republic in four separate groups in 1994 and 1997.

In their attempts to cross the borders to neighboring countries, in hopes of eventually reaching Israel, the Jews had vanished without a trace, leaving families clinging to the hope that they had been kidnapped, or held in captivity by foreign governments.

The statement did not detail when or where the eight were killed or by whom. The PMO said the Mossad had relied on a “reliable source” for the information.

An inquiry into the fate of the additional three Iranian Jews, who were last heard from in 1997, is ongoing, the PMO said.