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3 Israelis in custody 'admit Palestinian teen murder'
Published Monday 07/07/2014 (updated) 08/07/2014 10:35
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The mother and family of 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir,
kidnapped and killed in possible revenge attack early Wednesday
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Three of six Israelis held over the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager last week have confessed to the murder, a source close to the investigation said on Monday.

"Three out of six suspects in custody have confessed to the murder and burning of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and performed a re-enactment of the crime" in front of officers, the source told AFP, requesting anonymity.

Israel arrested six Jewish extremists on Sunday in connection with the killing of 16-year-old Abu Khdeir on July 2, in a gruesome attack that triggered days of clashes in East Jerusalem and Palestinian towns in Israel.

The attack is believed to have been in revenge for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank last month, and the twin attacks have ratcheted up tensions throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Authorities have placed a gag order on most aspects of the investigation into Abu Khdeir's murder.

But Honenu, a legal organization which defends right-wing Jewish extremists, said it was representing six people -- three of them minors -- whose remand was extended by the Petah Tikva magistrates court, just outside Tel Aviv, on Sunday.

Attorney General Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Uweili told Ma'an Saturday that Abu Khdeir's autopsy showed soot in the victim's lungs and respiratory tract, indicating he was burnt alive.

Israeli commentators on social media falsely circulated rumors that Muhammad had been killed as part of a family feud, or because he was gay, following news of his murder.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Terry / Sweden
07/07/2014 15:48
Quote: "Israeli commentators on social media falsely circulated rumors that Muhammad had been killed as part of a family feud, or because he was gay, following news of his murder". Doesn't make me the least surprised that such nonsense is coming from Israelis.

2 ) eva / ON
07/07/2014 18:00
This is so sad....my heart breaks for the 3 boys killed and their families and for this young boy as well. I am so disgusted by the level of cruelty us humans are capable of... it makes me physically ill :(

3 ) @ Eva-2 / USA
07/07/2014 20:31
- First, a young Israeli woman (Ms Dadon of Afula) was murdered because she was Jewish in May, and
- then "these 3 boys were killed", because they were Jewish in June, and
- then in response "this young boy was killed", because he was an Arab, and
* NOW IT IS TIME FOR PEACE, but Palestinians will never consider it, so our hearts must continue breaking for such young people and their families !!

4 ) David / Canada
08/07/2014 20:22
Can there be any doubt that the forced creation of Israel, a racist/exclusionary, expansionist, ethnic-cleanser, illegal/brutal occupier state, was the major geopolitical blunder of the post WWII era?

5 ) currie/currious / scotland
12/07/2014 00:09
Shame on Israel....shame on anyone who is living there supporting the occupations, hiding behind walls. Have you never thought it strange you have to build settlements , even the word is strange , settlements with walls so high and security to keep who out ? or keep you in....weird ....shame on you .
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