AL-QUDS – Autopsy reports showing that a Palestinian teenager has been burned alive has sparked angry protests in Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) and West Bank that called for a third Intifada.
“The direct cause of death was burns as a result of fire and its complications,” Mohammed Al-A'wewy, the Palestinian Authority attorney general, said in a statement cited by Reuters on Saturday, July 5.
Autopsy reports found that the kidnapped Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, was burnt alive hours later after his abduction by Jewish extremists last Wednesday, July 2.
The kidnapping and brutal killing of the Palestinian boy was in retaliation for the death three Israeli settlers who disappeared last June.
Al-A'wewy said Saber al-Aloul, director of the Palestinian forensic institute, had reported soot had been found in Khudair's respiratory canal, which meant that “the boy had inhaled this material while he was burnt alive.”
The attorney general added that burns covered 90% of the Palestinian boy's body.
Khudair's funeral on Friday was attended by hundreds of angry Palestinians in Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) where Israeli police fired tear gases at the crowd who chanted “Intifada! Intifada”.
However, Israel denies indicators of triggering new intifada.
“I don't see a third intifada here,” Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told Channel 2 television during a tour of the north, AFP reported.
Palestinian protests, on Saturday, July 5, extended to ex-Arab towns of Taibe in northeast Israel and Jaljulia and Qalansuwa in the centre, along with Umm el-Fahm, Arara and Nazareth.
Dozens of Arab Israelis and Palestinians were arrested after the violent clashes that erupted during Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday, Israel has bounded Gaza with at least ten airstrikes, injuring two Palestinian policemen.
A Few days after killing Mohammed Abu Khudair, his 15-yer-old cousin was arrested and badly beaten by the Israeli police over participating in protests.
The beating of the American-born, Tariq Khdair has prompted condemnation from the US, calling for speedy investigations.
“We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Saturday, Al Jazeera reported.
The American teen, who was visiting Al-Quds with family, was showed in a video while being badly beaten by the Israeli police. The footages also showed serious injuries in the boy's face with heavy black eye and swollen lip.
Investigations were ordered in the torture case, according to the Israeli Justice Ministry.
“Israeli Justice Ministry Police Internal Department opened an investigation into….events regarding the video in which policemen are seen apparently beating a youth in eastern Jerusalem,” the ministry said in a statement cited by Anadolu Agency.
Israeli police announced on Sunday, July 7, that it arrested six suspects in connection with the murder of the Palestinian teen Khdeir.
The perpetrators of the killing were suggested to be Jewish extremists who have “nationalistic motives”.
The arrests were welcomed by teen's family who raised doubts that the suspects will be freed soon after being asked some questions, anticipating no actions.
Since the kidnapping of the three teenagers earlier this month, Israeli occupation forces have been storming the West Bank, arresting hundreds of Palestinians.
Though no authority has claimed responsibility for the presumed kidnapping, Israeli media speculated the three may have been kidnapped by Hamas.
The abduction of the Israeli teenagers was condemned by the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas who said that his security will be “cooperating” with Israel to find the teenagers.
At least 419 people were detained, including 276 Hamas members and others who were freed during a prisoner swap deal to release soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011.
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