'Beaten' US-Palestinian teenager Tariq Khdair in house arrest

Tariq Khdair: "They came from the side and grabbed me"

A Palestinian-American teenager allegedly beaten while in Israeli police custody in East Jerusalem is to be held under house arrest for nine days, a judge has ruled.

Tariq Khdair, 15, from Florida, is to remain in the Jerusalem area of Beit Hanina during the investigation.

Mobile phone footage appears to show two Israeli policemen repeatedly punching him in the head.

Police say that he was among a group of youths attacking police officers.

But his family say he was not involved in violence that followed last week's abduction and murder of his cousin, Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair, 16.

Unrest has spread from East Jerusalem to several Arab-Israeli towns after reports that an initial post-mortem examination found Mohammed Abu Khdair had been burned alive.

Reports in the Israeli media on Sunday said that six people had been arrested in connection with the killing.

Tariq Khdair (C), is escorted by Israeli prison guards during his appearance at Jerusalem magistrate's court (6 July 2014) Tariq Khdair appeared in court on Sunday with injuries allegedly sustained during Thursday's beating still clearly visible

Thousands attended Mohammad Abu Khdair's funeral on Friday near the family's home in the Shufat district of East Jerusalem.

His family believe he was killed by Jewish extremists in revenge for the murders of three Israeli teenagers - Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both aged 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach.

Their bodies were found near the West Bank city of Hebron on 30 June and their funerals were held on Wednesday.

US state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tariq Khdair was visited by a consulate official on Saturday.

"We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force," she said.

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