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Israel charges Palestinian teen's alleged killers

A Palestinian protester gestures during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah July 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel has charged three Jews with the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of occupied Jerusalem and northern Israel.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the three appeared before a court Monday. He says the suspects admitted to abducting 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir and setting him on fire. Rosenfeld says they also re-enacted the murder.

Abu Khdeir was taken on July 2 near his home in east Jerusalem and his charred body was later found in a forest.

Israel's Shin Bet security service says the suspects, whose names were not released, were motivated by revenge after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.

Police are investigating three others for involvement in the killing. They remain under house arrest.

 

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