Clashes erupt in Jerusalem as Palestinians bury Arab teen allegedly killed in revenge attack

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 9:06 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian protesters have been hurling rocks at Israeli police, who have responded with stun grenades during a funeral procession for an Arab teenager in Jerusalem.

Palestinians say 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was killed by Israeli extremists in an apparent revenge attack following the deaths of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. His burned body was found Wednesday in a forest after he was seized near his home in east Jerusalem.

Thousands of people chanting and waving Palestinian flags greeted the body today as it arrived by ambulance at a mosque before burial. Mourners carried the body, which was partially wrapped in a traditional headscarf, on a stretcher through the thick crowd.

The funeral coincides with the first Friday prayer services of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and police have beefed up security in and around Jerusalem after two days of clashes.

Israeli police say an investigation into the teen's death is ongoing and the motives remain unclear. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned Abu Khdeir's killing and vowed to find the attackers.

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APPHOTO DV121: Palestinians throw stones during clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The violence erupted Wednesday after a 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted and a charred body, believed to be the boy, was found in a Jerusalem forest. The family 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. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) (3 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO DV120: An Israeli border policeman aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The violence erupted Wednesday after a 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted and a charred body, believed to be the boy, was found in a Jerusalem forest. The family 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. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) (3 Jul 2014)

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