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Hamas: Israel to pay for Palestinian teen murder

An Israeli border police woman aims her weapon during clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

GAZA CITY: Hamas warned Wednesday that Israel would pay for the kidnap and murder of a Palestinian teenager in annexed east Jerusalem, in suspected revenge for the murder of three Israeli teens.

"We send our message to the Zionist entity and its leaders, which hold direct responsibility (for the murder), that our people will not let this crime pass, nor all the killings and destruction by your settlers," the Islamist movement said.

"You will pay the price for these crimes," it said of the incident, in which the Palestinian youth was reportedly kidnapped and killed early Wednesday.

Israel blamed Hamas for abducting and killing the three Israelis, and waged a crushing arrest campaign against the movement's occupied West Bank network, which resulted in the deaths of several Palestinians.

Hamas in turn accused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of "giving orders to settlers" to carry out Wednesday's kidnap.

It was unclear who was behind the incident.

The murder triggered violent clashes in occupied east Jerusalem, as Palestinians hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at riot police, who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs, injuring dozens of people, an AFP correspondent said.

 

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