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The family of a Palestinian teenager found dead on Wednesday after being kidnapped by suspected Jewish settlers said Thursday it would hold a funeral for him on Friday.
"The police told me they would hand over the body tomorrow afternoon," Hussein Abu Khdeer, father of slain teen Mohamed Abu Khdeer, told reporters outside his house, moments after returning from an Israeli police station.
"We are planning to hold the funeral after Friday prayers," he added.
Earlier in the day, Abu Khdeer's family had said they may not take the body from Israeli police for burial if the latter linked the boy's death to an inter-family feud.
"Police told the father that they would hand over his son's body today [Thursday] once investigations were concluded," Ishak Abu Khdeer, uncle of slain teen Mohamed Hussein Abu Khdeer, told a press conference outside the family home near Jerusalem.
The boy's uncle said the family had been expecting a call from police asking them to take the body for burial.
But the family, he said, "will refuse to take their son's body unless the police report clearly states that the killing was a political, not family, issue."
"If the family accepts taking the body under these [Israel's] terms, it could mean confirmation of Israeli claims that the killing was the result of an internal family problem," he added.
Family sources told Anadolu Agency that Israeli police had given the slain boy's father the names of relatives suspected of involvement in the 16-year-old's abduction and death.
The family is currently preparing to receive condolences from mourners at a tent set up outside their home.
On Wednesday, Abu Khdeer's charred body was found in a forest near Jerusalem in a suspected "revenge" attack by Jewish settlers for the recent killing of three Israeli teenagers who went missing from a West Bank settlement.
Footage taken from a security camera near Abu Khdeer's Jerusalem home showed what appeared to be Jewish settlers abducting the boy. In the footage, the kidnappers can be seen forcing him into their car before speeding off.
Clashes reignite near Jerusalem
Clashes flared up again on Thursday between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops in the Shuafat district near Jerusalem following the abduction and killing of a local Palestinian teen by suspected Jewish settlers one day earlier.
An Anadolu Agency correspondent at the scene said that clashes had re-erupted just a few hundred meters away from the home of slain teen Mohamed Hussein Abu Khdeer, with the Israeli troops using stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas against Palestinians throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.
No casualties have yet been reported.
The outbreak of violence followed a brief state of calm in the area, after a day of clashes between the two sides after news emerged about the recovery of the body.
Israeli helicopters keep flying all over the neighborhood to monitor the area, in which all shops and businesses are closed as part of a strike in East Jerusalem to protest the boy's murder.Last Mod: 04 Temmuz 2014, 09:35