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Clashes Spread After Palestinian Boy's Funeral

By    |   Saturday, 05 Jul 2014 06:17 AM

JERUSALEM — Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters spread from Jerusalem to Arab towns in northern Israel Saturday following the funeral of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.

Riots erupted in east Jerusalem Friday as thousands of Palestinians massed for the burial of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Meanwhile, initial post-mortem findings reported by Palestinian media on Saturday said Abu Khdeir was burned alive.

The violence spread to northern Arab towns on Saturday morning, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Protesters there threw rocks at passing cars, burned tires and threw rocks and fire bombs at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. More than 20 people were arrested, she said.

Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem also used an electric saw to damage the light rail that connects the heavily Arab populated eastern sector of the city with the mostly Jewish West, Samri said.

Israel's Arab minority enjoys full citizenship rights but some complain of discrimination and the group widely identifies with the Palestinians.

Tensions have been high since three Israeli teenagers were abducted in the West Bank on June 12, sparking a huge manhunt that ended with the gruesome discovery of their bodies earlier this week.

The unrest escalated in east Jerusalem on Wednesday after Abu Khdeir's burned body was found in a forest. Palestinians accused Israeli extremists of killing the boy to avenge the deaths of the Israeli teens. Israeli police said an investigation is still underway and they have not yet determined who killed the boy or why.

Israeli leaders widely condemned the killing of the youth, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed those responsible would be brought to justice.

Pathologists found the presence of smoke in his lungs, meaning he was alive while he was being burned, the Maan news agency quoted Palestinian attorney general Mohammed Aluweiwi as saying.

Abu Khdeir also suffered a head wound, but that did not cause his death, Aluweiwi added.

Israeli police said on Saturday that they still could not confirm whether Abu Khdeir's murder was a revenge attack for the murder of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank last month.

A spokeswoman told AFP police were investigating "all possibilities," noting there was a gag order on all details of the investigation.

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Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters spread from Jerusalem to Arab towns in northern Israel Saturday following the funeral of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.
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