Palestinian teen burnt alive - report
06 July 2014, 07:40
Ramallah - A Palestinian teenager whose abduction and
murder set off violent protests was burned alive, according to initial autopsy
reports, as clashes over the incident spread on Saturday from east Jerusalem to
Arab Israeli towns.
Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, was abducted from his Shuafat
neighbourhood in occupied east Jerusalem early on Wednesday and his charred
body found not long after in a west Jerusalem forest.
Palestinians said it was the deed of Jewish extremists in
revenge for the kidnapping and murder in the West Bank last month of three
Palestinian news agency Maan quoted Attorney General
Mohammed Aluweiwi on Saturday as saying the initial findings of a post-mortem
indicated the presence of smoke in the boy's lungs, meaning he was still alive
while he was being burned.
Abu Khder also suffered a head wound, but that did not
cause his death, Aluweiwi added.
Israeli police said on Saturday they still could not
confirm the motive for Abu Khder's murder.
A spokesperson told AFP police were investigating
"all possibilities”, and that there was a gag order on all details of the
The teenager's funeral on Friday, joined by thousands of
mourners, was accompanied by clashes across Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem,
the third straight day of violence since the discovery of his body.
Disturbances spread to the Arab towns of Taibe in
northeastern Israel and Jaljulia and Qalansuwa in the centre where one car was
torched after its Jewish owner was pulled out of it, police said.
More a dozen Arab Israelis were arrested, they added.
Police said they remained on high alert on Saturday ahead
of further possible clashes.
One of those arrested in the east Jerusalem clashes was
Tariq Abu Khder, the 15-year-old cousin of the murdered Palestinian youth and
an American citizen on vacation in east Jerusalem.
Speaking to AFP on Saturday, his parents said Tariq was
arrested in Shuafat after being beaten by police on Thursday.
A video circulated on social media.
The parents, who saw their son in an Israeli hospital,
said they were told Tariq was arrested for being masked.
Police spokesperson Luba Samri could not confirm it was
Tariq in the video, but said the footage was from the arrest of a group of six
Palestinians, of which Tariq was part.
Samri said police found a sling on Tariq, who attacked
police and resisted arrest, while others were stoning the police force and
throwing Molotov cocktails at them.
Samri said six police were wounded during that arrest
Abu Khder will appear before a Jerusalem court on Sunday,
his parents said.
Meanwhile, militants continued rocket and mortar fire at
Israel from Gaza Saturday, amid Egyptian efforts to broker a renewed truce
between Israel and its Islamist foe Hamas following a flare-up of cross-border
Ten rockets and mortar rounds were fired at southern
Israel, the army said, with one soldier lightly wounded by mortar fire.
There has been a surge in militant rocket fire and retaliatory
Israeli air raids since the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens
prompted a huge Israeli crackdown on Hamas in the occupied West Bank.