Israeli soldiers drive on an armored personal carrier near the Israel and Gaza Strip border on July 7, 2014.
Three Israelis suspected in the grisly murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, whose charred and maimed body was found in a forest outside Jerusalem last week, reportedly confessed to the killing on Monday.
An official told the Associated Press that the suspects had re-enacted the killing for authorities.
The teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was reportedly burned alive by Jewish right-wing extremists in retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens. The revenge killing has dramatically escalated tensions in Israel.
Over the weekend, violent clashes broke out in East Jerusalem and the West Bank between heavily armed Israeli security forces and stone-throwing Palestinians. On Monday, the military wing of Hamas vowed retaliation against Israeli targets after Israeli air strikes reportedly killed seven members of the militant group in Gaza, according toThe New York Times.
The New York Times also reported that the Israeli government had ordered the call up of 1,500 reservists. “If last week we were talking about calm being answered by calm, we are now talking about preparing for an escalation,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, according to the paper.
Over the weekend, video surfaced reportedly showing Israeli police beating the 15-year-old American cousin of the dead Palestinian boy.
Tariq Khdei, a high school student from Tampa, Fla., was reportedly visiting his relatives in the West Bank and the U.S. State Department quickly called for a "credible investigation" into the beating.
"We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force."
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Justice Ministry is investigating the video.
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