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'Revenge Killing?' Violent Clashes Follow Death of Palestinian Teen

Tensions soar as most recent death interpreted by many as 'revenge killing' for murdered Israeli teenagers

A Palestinian hurls a stone towards Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem and home to the victim of a suspected revenge killing for the murder of three Israeli teenagers. (Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters)

Israeli security units clashed with Palestinians in East Jerusalem Wednesday morning following the murder of a teenage Palestinian boy who may have been killed out of revenge in response to recently discovered bodies of three Israeli teenagers murdered in the occupied West Bank last month.

Outlets reported IDF soldiers firing rubber bullets and teargas at Palestinians who came out in anger, some of whom threw stones, in the Shu'fat neighborhood after the body of 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was found outside the city just hours after witnesses say they saw him kidnapped near his home.

According to Agence France-Presse:

Shortly after dawn, crowds of angry Palestinians began gathering outside the teenager's home in Shuafat, with clashes erupting around 8:00am (0500 GMT) when stones were hurled at police, who responded with sound bombs and rubber bullets, an AFP correspondent and police said.

Clouds of black smoke rose into the summer sky as hundreds of masked Palestinians faced off with Israeli police in riot gear.

At least 35 people were injured by rubber bullets, among them at least six journalists, the correspondent said.

The normally-bustling main road was littered with stones and the light rail service which passes through the neighbourhood was suspended.

And BBC reports:

The individual violence against youths is furthering the possibility of wider violence across the region as video footage surfaced on Tuesday of Israeli settlers marching and chanting "Death to the Arabs!"

Following funeral processions for the Israeli teenagers discovered on Monday, the violent confrontations ensued when angry mourners attacked Palestinian passersby, reports YNet News.

Regarding the murder of the Palestinian Kdeir, an uncle for one of the murdered Israeli teens condemned the rising violence on all sides.

"If the Arab youth was murdered because of nationalistic motives then this is a horrible and horrendous act," Yisahi Frenkel told Ynet. "There is no difference between (Arab) blood and (Jewish) blood. Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness or justification for any murder."

*This post has be updated to provide more consistent use of the terms used to describe those killed in recent violence.


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