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Israeli police seek to extend US teen’s detention

Police say Tariq Abu Khdeir resisted arrest, attacked officers and was carrying a slingshot.

By: Associated Press | Jerusalem |
July 6, 2014 1:55:30 pm
us-kid Abu Khdeir (Source: AP)

Israeli police say an American teenager who was detained during violent protests over the killing of a Palestinian youth has been brought before a court.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said that the police is asking Jerusalem district court on Sunday to extend the detention of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir.

Abu Khdeir’s parents said that their son, who goes to school in Florida, was beaten by Israeli police during clashes over the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir who Palestinians said was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. The two young men are cousins.

Police say Tariq Abu Khdeir resisted arrest, attacked officers and was carrying a slingshot for lobbing stones when he was arrested.

The U.S. State Department said it was “profoundly troubled” by reports of his beating and demanded an investigation.

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