Palestinian Teen’s Body Found in Jerusalem; Feared to Be Revenge Killing

The body of a 16-year-old Palestinian teen was found in a Jerusalem forest Wednesday, in what many fear was a revenge killing for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers. Police say the body of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was discovered about one hour after reports of a Palestinian teen being forced into a car in East Jerusalem.

The three Israeli teens went missing while hitchhiking three weeks ago; after a massive search by the Israeli military, their bodies were recovered Monday. Israeli officials believe Hamas, the Palestinian organization in the West Bank, was behind the murders.

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Israeli official Yitzhak Aharonovich called on all parties to “lower the volume.”

“There are attempts to make a connection between the two incidents and we are still checking all directions,” he said. “There are many possibilities, criminal and nationalistic, and everything is being examined in a responsible manner.”

Rumors that this will get worse before it gets better went unconfirmed at press time.

[h/t New York Times]
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