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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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American teenager 'beaten by Israeli police'

Tariq Khdeir's US passport. Credit: RTV

The young man seen being brutally beaten by Israeli Border Police has been identified by his family as 15-year-old Tariq Khdeir, a US citizen and the cousin of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Read: Cousin of murdered Palestinian 'beaten by Israeli forces'

15-year-old Tariq Khdeir after the attack. Credit: EBU/RTV

Shocking pictures and videos of the beating have been shared on social media, and Tariq's American mother told ITV News her son was being treated in an Israeli hospital.

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

Palestinian activist group Mondoweiss said he was denied urgent medical attention for 5 hours before being transferred to hospital, and his family were concerned that he was chained to the bed, despite being unconscious.

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