A Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khiedir, (16) was abducted, burnt and murdered by Israeli settlers early on Wednesday, 02 July A burnt body was discovered in a forest in the city’s Jewish-dominated western sector, it was said to be that of the Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khiedir (16), who had been reported missing when his family told police he had been abducted from outside a shop near his home in the area.
The Palestinian teenager – an electrical engineering student at a vocational school – was said by relatives to have been forced by three Israeli men into a car as he waited for early morning prayers to begin next to his home. His remains were so badly charred that police declined to show them to the youth’s father (the owner of an electrical shop). He was instead being identified using DNA samples from his parents.
The murder has drawn international condemnation, including from David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, who called it “appalling”, and John Kerry, the US secretary of state, who said: “There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people.