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Palestinians protest to mark year to Abu Khdeir death

Hundreds of Palestinians are demonstrating in East Jerusalem to commemorate the first anniversary of a teenager being burned to death by Israeli extremists in the run-up to the Gaza war.

Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted and killed on July 2, 2014, weeks after the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

Palestinian protesters block a road leading to the Adam settlement in the West Bank, during a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khder, July 2, 2015. (Flash90)
Palestinian protesters block a road leading to the Adam settlement in the West Bank, during a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khder, July 2, 2015. (Flash90)

The June 2014 abduction of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach from a hitchhiking stop near Hebron sparked a vast Israeli search operation that indirectly led to last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.

Protesters are on the streets of Abu Khdeir’s Shuafat neighborhood, waving Palestinian flags and holding up posters and images of the boy in a beige baseball cap, an AFP correspondent says.

Israeli riot police and vehicles are deployed in force in the area as well.

Three Israelis were eventually charged with the killing, saying it was in revenge for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

They are currently on trial in Jerusalem.

— AFP

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