The US State Department has confirmed that it is aware American teenager Tariq Khdeir is being held by Israeli authorities, adding that an official from the US Consulate General in Jerusalem had visited him today. In a statement, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said:
We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.
We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents.