RAMALLAH, July 2, 2014 (WAFA) – Palestinian presidency Wednesday condemned the kidnapping and cold-blooded killing of a Palestinian teenager by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem earlier on Wednesday.
Seventeen-year-old Mohammad Hussein Abu-Khudair from the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat was kidnapped by settlers in the predawn hours and was later killed in cold blood.
According to eyewitnesses, surveillance cameras in the area showed two settlers, out of three, getting out of a Hyundai car, forcing Abu-Khudair, who was standing in front of his home, into their car and fleeing the scene. The body of Abu Khudair, which bore signs of violence, was later found in a wood located west of Jerusalem
Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu-Rudeineh held Israel fully responsible for the cold-blooded killing of Abu Khudair and called on Israel to reveal the identity of the criminals and hold them accountable.
The incident comes one day after settlers attempted to kidnap an eight-year-old child while he was walking with his mother in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Hanina, but thanks to the crowds of people the kidnapping attempt failed.
To be noted, the killing of Abu Khudair came two days following the discovery of the bodies of three settlers who allegedly went missing on June 12th near Hebron.