Pales­tinian teen burned to death, au­topsy shows

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RA­MAL­LAH, West Bank (AP) — An au­topsy showed an Arab teenager who Pales­tini­ans say was killed in a re­venge at­tack was burned to death, of­fi­cials said Satur­day, while Pales­tinian mil­i­tants fired two rock­ets to­ward a ma­jor south­ern city deeper into Is­rael than any other at­tack in the cur­rent round of vi­o­lence.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said its “Iron Dome” de­fense sys­tem in­ter­cepted the rock­ets that were aimed at Beer­sheba. The mil­i­tary also said at least 10 other rock­ets were fired from the Gaza Strip and said it had re­tal­i­ated with airstrikes.

Clashes be­tween Is­raeli po­lice and Pales­tinian pro­test­ers spread Satur­day from Jerusalem to Arab towns in north­ern Is­rael as hun­dreds of people took to the streets and threw rocks and fire bombs at of­fi­cers who re­sponded with tear gas and stun grenades.

Pales­tinian At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ab­del­ghani al-Owaiwi said he re­ceived ini­tial au­topsy re­sults from a Pales­tinian doc­tor who was present at the au­topsy in Tel Aviv. He said it shows that 16-year-old Pales­tinian Mo­hammed Abu Khdeir, whose death has sparked large protests in his east Jerusalem neigh­bor­hood, suf­fered burns on “90 per­cent of his body.”

“The re­sults show he was breath­ing while on fire and died from burns and their con­se­quences,” al-Owaiwi said.

His ac­count pro­vided the first de­tails of the pre­lim­i­nary find­ings to be made pub­lic. The Is­raeli Health Min­istry could not be reached for com­ment.

The au­topsy found ev­i­dence that Abu Khdeir had breathed in the flames as burns were found in­side his body, in his lungs, bronchial tubes and his throat, al-Owaiwi said.

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