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Suspect In Killing Of Palestinian Teen Confesses

Ashley Yang |
July 6, 2014 | 9:14 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

The crime incited riots across the state of Israel. (Anthony Baratier, Wikimedia Commons)
The crime incited riots across the state of Israel. (Anthony Baratier, Wikimedia Commons)
One of the six suspects arrested on Sunday in connection with the abduction and murder of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir has confessed to the crime. Khdeir was allegedly killed to avenge the death of three Israeli settler teens last month (via Jerusalem Post).  

The suspects, described as “young men” and “minors,” are reportedly from a West Bank settlement. None have been granted legal representation. 

The confession was made during intensive questioning by Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency. Other details of the arrest and investigation have not been released due to a gag order. 

After Abu Khdeir’s body was found badly burned in the Jerusalem Forest early Wednesday morning, a chain of riots occurred throughout east Jerusalem, with thousands of Palestinians gathering to demand vengeance and a third intifada

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Shortly after the murder, the Palestinian Authority called on the Israeli government to take immediate measures “against the racist and murderous actions carried out by settler gangs.” 

Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch were quick to condemn the murder, as well as call for moderation by the public at a highly emotional time. 

Abu Khdeir’s autopsy report revealed that more than 90 percent of his body sustained burns. Dust was found in his respiratory canal, indicating that he was burned alive.

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