Israel arrests suspects in Palestinian teen's killing

JERUSALEM Sun Jul 6, 2014 8:25am EDT

1 of 2. Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair during his funeral in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem July 4, 2014.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has arrested Jewish suspects in the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teen whose death touched off violent protests in Jerusalem and in Israeli Arab towns, a security source said on Sunday.

Six suspects were in custody, the source said, but added the number may change as the investigation into the killing of Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, progressed.

The source gave no other details about the suspects other than to say they were Jews. There was no official comment from the police.

Investigators believe Mohammed Abu Khudair was slain out of "nationalist motives", the source said, in comments that appeared to confirm Palestinian suspicions that far-right Jews were involved and that his death was a vengeance killing.

Abu Khudair's burnt body was discovered in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday, a day after the burial of three Jewish teens who were abducted while hitchhiking in the occupied West Bank on June 12.

Their bodies were found on Monday, near the road where they had gone missing, and Israel blames Hamas militants for their kidnapping and killing. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement.

Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem over the past several days. The violence spread on Saturday to Arab towns and villages in central and northern Israel.

The areas were largely quiet on Sunday, but police remained on high alert.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller Editing by Ori Lewis and Mark Potter)

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Comments (4)
DougAnderson wrote:
Hmm, how many people have the Palestinians arrested over the three murders? Oh wait, they’re too busy chucking stones and petrol bombs.

Jul 06, 2014 8:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NewEnglandBob wrote:
It is very clear who over there is a civilized society and who is not. The sub-human behavior of the Palestinians needs to change before anything further is accomplished. The Muslims have vowed to eliminate the Jews for 70+ years and their plight stems directly from that and is well deserved.

Jul 06, 2014 8:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
australianman wrote:
Israel is a pig of a nation, and so is their stinking Prime Minister! The sooner it is bombed the better!

Help the Palestinians and sanction Israel goods and services

Where is the hard evidence? No, there is none!

Jul 06, 2014 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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