US teen's hopes to return after 'beaten by Israeli police'

A Palestinian-American teen left with stitches and bruises from his detention by Israeli security forces said in an interview that he hopes to return one day without incident to the Middle East, where he was beaten while visiting relatives.

Tariq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of a murdered Palestinian boy, said he hopes he could "come back safe".

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US teen 'beaten by Israeli police' under house arrest

American teenager Tariq Khdeir will be kept under house arrest for the next nine days, as Israeli police claim the 15-year-old was part of a group who attacked police during rioting.

Tariq says he was "just watching", before he was chased by three men from behind. ITV Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent reports.

US teen 'speechless' when 'attacked by Israeli police'

The American teenager allegedly beaten by Israeli police has said he was 'speechless' when he was set upon by three people.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, told the Associated Press two of them hit him from behind before he 'fell asleep.'

He said: "I actually went unconscious and woke up in hospital."

Asked if he knew why he was attacked he said: "No, that's why I ran."


US teen 'beaten by police' excited to be going home

An American teenager allegedly beaten by Israeli security forces and later taken to prison said he felt better and was excited to be going home after being released.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, is a cousin of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair - the Palestinian youngster who was killed in a suspected revenge attack after the deaths of three Israeli boys.

Israeli police said the footage of the apparent attack on Khdeir was "heavily edited" and "biased".

After Khdeir's release, his mother Suhair told reporters: "I just want to get him home. He's tired, he needs his rest, he was sleeping on a very thin piece of foam."

US teen 'beaten by Israeli police' released on bail

A US teenager who was allegedly beaten while in the custody of Israeli border police has been released on bail today.

Tariq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of a murdered Palestinian boy, appeared with bruises under his eyes and above his lip as he was released without charge following a court appearance.

Tariq Abu Khdeir, pictured with his parents after his release today. Credit: Family handout

The 15-year-old told reporters he was "feeling better".

Khdeir was detained during violent protests in Shuafat, east Jerusalem, on Thursday.

His parents were ordered to pay a 3,000 shekel (£511) bail and he is now forbidden from visiting the town where he was arrested, NBC News reported.

Mother of US teen in Israel denies riot involvement

The mother of American teenager Tariq Khdeir, reportedly beaten by Israeli forces, has denied the high school student was involved in protests at the time of the incident.

Speaking to ITV News Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent, Suhair said that her 15-year-old son was "with her relatives" and had covered his face from "tear gas bombs".

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Israel opens probe into US teen beating reports

An investigation is underway after a US citizen of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli border police, Israel's Justice Ministry has said.

According to Reuters, the ministry said it was looking into the incident in which 15-year-old Tariq Khdeir was seen to be repeatedly punched and dragged away.

A family picture of 15-year-old Tariq Credit: Family handout


US 'profoundly troubled' by teen detention reports

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.

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US teen in Israeli custody sends message to parents

Tareq Abu Khdeir, speaking via a representative from the US consulate in Jerusalem who was allowed to visit him in the police station, sent a message to his parents: "I am holding up OK."

The US teen is still in custody. Credit: Family handout.

The fifteen year old, who is an American citizen and attends high school in Florida, is alleged to have been badly beaten by Israeli security forces during violent clashes in East Jerusalem on Thursday.

American teen seen 'beaten and dragged away'

A video broadcast on a Palestinian television channel is said to show the American cousin of a 16-year-old boy who was murdered in a suspected revenge attack in Jerusalem, being beaten and dragged away by Israeli border police.

No charges have been brought against 15-year-old Tariq Khdeir, his lawyer said, but his detention has been extended until July 7, according to local media Ma'an news agency.

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