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US 'profoundly troubled' by American's beating in Israeli custody

The mother of Tariq Abu Khdeir (portrait), shows a picture of her son from before he was beaten by Israeli border police in East Jerusalem on July 5, 2014A “profoundly troubled” United States condemned reports Saturday that an American teenager detained in Israel was “severely beaten” while in police custody, amid heightened tensions with Palestinians. The parents of Tariq Abu Khder, a 15-year-old cousin of a Palestinian youth murdered earlier this week, have told AFP that their son was arrested in Shuafat after being beaten by police on Thursday during his holiday stay in the area. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States “strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force,” referring to the alleged beating. Clashes have erupted in recent days, sparked by the abduction and murder of Tariq’s cousin Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.

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