RAMALLAH: A Palestinian teenager whose abduction and murder caused violent protests was burned alive, autopsy reports show, as clashes over the killing spread yesterday from east Jerusalem to Arab Israeli towns.
Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, was abducted from his Shuafat neighbourhood in occupied east Jerusalem early on Wednesday, and his charred body found not long afterwards in a west Jerusalem forest.
Palestinians said Jewish extremists killed him in revenge for the kidnapping and murder in the West Bank last month of three Israeli teenagers.
Palestinian news agency Maan yesterday quoted Attorney General Mohammed Aluweiwi as saying the initial findings of a post-mortem indicated the presence of smoke in the boy’s lungs, meaning he was still alive while being burned.
Abu Khudair also suffered a head wound, but that was not the cause of death, Aluweiwi added.
Israeli police said they still could not confirm the motive for Abu Khudair’s murder.
A spokeswoman said police were investigating “all possibilities”, and that there was a gag order on all details of the investigation.
The teenager’s funeral on Friday was accompanied by clashes across Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem. Disturbances that had spread to the Arab towns of Taibe in northeastern Israel and Jaljulia and Qalansuwa in the centre broke out again yesterday.