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US 'profoundly troubled' by American's beating in Israeli custody

Published on Jul 6, 2014 6:28 AM
The mother of Tariq Abu Khder (portrait), the 15-year-old cousin of the murdered Palestinian youth Mohammed, shows an old picture of her son, before he was assaulted by Israeli border police in East Jerusalem on July 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A “profoundly troubled” United States condemned reports Saturday that an American teenager detained in Israel was “severely beaten” while in police custody, amid heightened tensions with Palestinians.

The parents of Tariq Abu Khder, a 15-year-old cousin of a Palestinian youth murdered earlier this week, have told AFP that their son was arrested in Shuafat after being beaten by police on Thursday during his holiday stay in the area.

State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said the United States “strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force,” referring to the alleged beating.

Clashes have erupted in recent days, sparked by the abduction and murder of Tariq’s cousin Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.

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