Footage from a security camera showing two of the murder suspects.
Three of the six Israelis arrested on suspicion of taking part in brutal murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir last week have confessed.
The three suspects reenacted the kidnapping of 16-year-old Abu Khdeir, who was abducted from his home in Shufat neighborhood in East Jerusalem in the early morning hours of 2 July. The boy’s torched corpse was found in a forest in western Jerusalem some hours later.
The autopsy showed that the boy had smoke in his lungs, indicating that he was burnt alive.
According to Haaretz, Israeli police suspect the killing was an attack conducted by Jewish extremists in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli settler teens last month.
The police are now investigating whether the six arrested were also involved in the attempted kidnapping of 9-year-old Mussa Zaloum just hours before Abu Khdeir’s murder.
Further details of the court case are subjected to a gag order, according to Ma’an News Agency. The remand of five of the suspects has been extended for eight days, while the sixth will be detained for an additional five days. None of them have been allowed to meet with a lawyer yet.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch referred to the suspects as “youths.” Al Jazeera English reported that the arrested include minors.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly talked to Abu Khdeir’s father and promised that his son’s murderers would be “dealt with the fullest extent of the law,” according to Al Jazeera. The PM described the killing as “reprehensible.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanded on Sunday that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon should create an international committee to investigate the teen’s murder, in addition to other Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
News of Abu Khdeir’s murder has ignited five straight days of violent clashes between protestors and security forces in East Jerusalem and several Palestinian towns in Israel.