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Abduction of Palestinian Teen's, Killings Intensifies Tensions in Mid-east

The discovery of a slain Palestinian teen in Jerusalem's early Wednesday further inflamed tensions in a region already unsettled over the killings of three Israeli teens.

Mohammad Abu Khedair, 17, was heading from his home to a mosque in the middle-class neighborhood of Shuafat for prayers around 4 a.m. when three men forced him into a car and drove off, his father, Hussain Abu Khedair, told the media. His body was found about an hour later, charred at a forest in Jerusalem. The killing quickly triggered condemnations from Palestinian and Israeli leaders, as well as from the United States.

The uncle of one of the three Israeli teens whose bodies were found earlier this week called the young Palestinian's killing "a forbidden action, and it has no forgiveness." "Any act of revenge of any kind whatsoever is completely inappropriate and wrong. Murder is murder," said Yishai Frankel, uncle of Naftali Frankel, a 16-year-old dual Israeli-American citizen. "One should not differentiate between bloods, be it Arab or Jew.

Israeli authorities are probing Wednesday's death, with police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeting that efforts are been made to determine if it is a "criminal or nationalistic" act. In the case of "nationalistic" he refers to whether its politically motivated in retaliation for the Israeli teens' killings.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told CNN late Wednesday that investigators "at this stage cannot say who did this killing." This came hours after Netanyahu's office promised a speedy investigation to find "who is behind this despicable murder and the background to this act," according to a statement from his office.

"Netanyahu cautioned all sides not to take the law into their own hands. Saying; Israel is a country of law and everyone is ordered to act according to the law."

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