US condemns apparent revenge killing of Palestinian teen

Israeli security forces point their weapons toward Palestinian protestors during clashes in Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem, on July 2, 2014The United States on Wednesday condemned the killing of a Palestinian youth in apparent revenge for the murders of three Israeli teenagers, warning acts of vengeance would worsen an explosive situation. “There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. President Barack Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice said on Twitter that the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder was “heinous” and called on both Israelis and Palestinians to avoid a cycle of retribution and revenge.

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