Murdered Palestinian teenager Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was burned alive, according to details from a preliminary autopsy released by the Palestinian attorney general on Saturday.
In an statement posted on the Palestinian Public Prosecutor’s website, Attorney-General Dr. Muhammed Abed al-Ghani al-Aweiwi said that soot had been found in the teen’s respiratory system and that in addition to a head injury, he had burns over 90 percent of his body. Israel has not released the conclusions of the autopsy, which was performed at the national forensic institute in Jaffa, and was witnessed by a Palestinian forensic medicine specialist.
Khdeir was reportedly snatched from the street near his home in East Jerusalem Tuesday night, a day after the bodies of three abducted Israeli teenagers were discovered in the southern West Bank. After that discovery, calls for revenge were sounded by mobs in Jerusalem as well as on social media.
Less than an hour after being notified of the Khdeir’s suspected kidnapping, police found his burnt body in a nearby wooded area. Most details of the investigation are under a court gag order. Clashes broke out hours after the kidnapping and have been taking place ever since in East Jerusalem. Other incidents have taken place throughout Israel and the West Bank.