Turkey strongly condemns revenge killing of Palestinian teen

Turkey strongly condemns revenge killing of Palestinian teen
# 04 July 2014 03:09 (UTC +04:00)

A statement Turkish Foreign Ministry released on Thursday said that the killing of the Palestinian youth has caused "big outrage" and that Ankara expects the capture of perpetrators of this "heinous murder" as soon as possible.

The killing of a 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, whose charred body was found in a Jerusalem forest, came shortly after Israel found bodies of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped earlier last month.

Israel has accused Hamas of being behind those deaths, and arrested hundreds of Hamas operatives in the West Bank as part of a broad manhunt in the largest ground operation in the West Bank in nearly a decade. Hamas praised the abduction of the teens but has denied responsibility.

Turkey said it is concerned that the revenge killings could trigger a cycle of violence and urged all sides to make necessary efforts to reduce intensifying tensions in the region, particularly in East Jerusalem.

Turkey demanded Israel immediately stop disproportionate use of force as a means of mass punishment against Palestinian people on security grounds. The statement said Ankara renews its call on all sides to exercise restraint and act in common sense at this current sensitive period.

In east Jerusalem, meanwhile, clashes resumed as several dozen masked Palestinian youths stood behind a large garbage bin and hurled stones and firebombs toward Israeli security forces. Police responded with stun grenades and tear gas, but largely kept their distance. No injuries were reported.

The family of Abu Khdeir has blamed extremist Jews for killing him in revenge for the deaths of the three Israeli teens, whose bodies were found in a field in the West Bank on Monday after a more than two-week search.

The suspected revenge killing ignited heavy clashes Wednesday in east Jerusalem between rock-throwing Palestinians and Israeli forces. The rioters set tires ablaze and torched three light-rail train shelters, leaving city streets covered in stones and debris.

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