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Calls for calm as Palestinian killing sparks rioting

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:25 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed on Wednesday, apparently in revenge for the murder of three Israeli youths, prompting international calls for calm as violence flared in Jerusalem.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the "despicable" killing, urging both sides "not to take the law into their own hands." And the family of one of the slain Israeli teens, still in mourning, said any revenge murder was a "horrendous act." Palestinians held Israel responsible, demanding Mr Netanyahu's government act to prevent revenge attacks.

"I demand the Israeli government punish the killers if it wants peace between the Palestinian and the Israeli peoples," said Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that acts of vengeance would worsen an explosive situation.

An undated family handout picture obtained on July 2, 2014 shows 16 year old Mohammed Abu Khder, a Palestinian teenager whose body was found today in Jerusalem's forest area. The Palestinian teenager was reportedly kidnapped and killed today, triggering violent clashes in east Jerusalem, in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths. -- PHOTO: AFP
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