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Protests for slain teen spread to Palestinian-Israeli towns
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Palestine99(3).jpgClashes sparked by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager spread from East Jerusalem to Palestinian-Israeli towns, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.
 
Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, was abducted from his Shuafat neighborhood in annexed East Jerusalem early Wednesday, and his charred body was found hours later in a west Jerusalem forest.
 
Palestinians said Jewish extremists killed him in revenge for the death of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month.
 
Clashes following Abu Khudair’s death and funeral spread Saturday to Palestinian towns in central and northern Occupied Palestine, where roads were closed and dozens of demonstrators arrested.
 
Palestinian news agency Ma’an quoted attorney general Mohammed Aluweiwi as saying the initial findings of a post-mortem indicated the presence of smoke in the boy's lungs, strongly suggesting he was still alive while being burned.
 
Saber Al-Aloul, the director of the Palestinian forensic institute, attended the autopsy, which was carried out by Israeli doctors. Aluweiwy said al-Aloul 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."
 
Abu Khudair also suffered a head wound, but that was not the cause of death, Aluweiwi added.
 
Until Sunday, Israeli police said they still could not confirm the motive for Abu Khudair's murder, a statement which has enraged Palestinians who see Israel’s evasiveness as an attempt to avoid recognizing Israeli responsibility in the slaying.
 
A spokeswoman told AFP police were investigating "all possibilities," and that there was a gag order on all details of the investigation.
 
But on Sunday, Israeli police acknowledged for the first time there were "indications that the background to the killing was nationalistic," not long before Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday that Israeli police have arrested six people in connection with the kidnap and murder of Abu Khudair.
 
The paper's website gave no further details about the identities of those arrested but described it as a "dramatic development," using words echoed by other Israeli media outlets.
 
The teenager's funeral on Friday, attended by thousands of mourners, was followed by a third straight day of clashes across Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
 
Israeli police reported ‘disturbances’ in the towns of Taibe in northeast Occupied Palestine and Jaljulia and Qalansuwa in the center on Saturday, also spreading to Umm el-Fahm, Arara and Nazareth.
 
The road between Taibe and Tira stayed closed on Saturday, while a route near Qalansuwa was shut for several hours.
 
Police said around 35 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship had been arrested in clashes since Friday night, almost half of them minors.
 
"We are demonstrating against this incitement to hatred by Israelis online, who are saying 'death to Arabs'," one demonstrator in Qalansuwa told Israeli army radio.
 
A further 25 Palestinians were arrested in east Jerusalem and in nearby West Bank clashes.
 
One of those arrested in east Jerusalem was Tareq Abu Khudair, a 15-year-old cousin of the murdered Palestinian youth and an American citizen currently on holiday.
 
Speaking to AFP, his parents said Tareq was arrested in Shuafat after being severely beaten by police on Thursday. Pictures circulating on social media showed Abu Khudair’s faced extremely swollen and bruised.
 
A video circulating on social media shows Israeli border police beating and kicking a handcuffed semi-conscious figure before dragging him away.
 
The parents, who saw their son in an Israeli hospital, said they were told Tareq had been arrested for being masked.
 
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri would not confirm it was Tareq in the video, but said the footage was from the arrest of a group of six Palestinians, including Tareq.
 
The justice ministry, meanwhile, said it was investigating the video.
 
Samri said police allegedly found a sling on Tareq, claiming he had attacked police and resisted arrest, while others were throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, wounding six police.
 
Abu Khudair will appear before a Jerusalem court on Sunday, his parents said.
 
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States was "profoundly troubled" by the reports that he was "severely beaten" while in police custody and "strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force."
 
"We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force," she said.
 

Israeli aircraft attack 10 targets in Gaza
 
Meanwhile, Israel said its aircraft had attacked 10 sites in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to rocket strikes, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that broader action in the Palestinian enclave was not imminent.
 
The military said rocket launchers and a weapons manufacturing facility were among the targets of Sunday's air strikes, which followed the firing of a rocket, intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system late on Saturday, at the major southern city of Beersheba, Reuters reported. 
 
There were no immediate reports of casualties from the air strikes.
 

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