Israel to 'pay for crimes' after Palestinian teen killed: Hamas
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A masked Palestinian protestor uses a sling to throw stones toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem, on July 2, 2014, after a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths. AFP PhotoHamas warned Wednesday that Israel would pay for the kidnap and murder of a Palestinian teenager in annexed east Jerusalem, in suspected revenge for the murder of three Israeli teens.
"We send our message to the Zionist entity and its leaders, which hold direct responsibility (for the murder), that our people will not let this crime pass, nor all the killings and destruction by your settlers,"the Islamist movement said.
"You will pay the price for these crimes."
Netanyahu condemns murder
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a statement demanded that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemn the murder and punish those who carried it out.
"I demand the Israeli government punish the killers if it wants peace between the Palestinian and Israeli people," Abbas said.
Israel must also "take concrete steps on the ground to stop (revenge) attacks and the chaos caused by the Israeli escalation," he said.
Shortly afterwards, Netanyahu issued a statement condemning the "despicable murder" and urging the authorities to expedite an investigation into the reasons behind it.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina in a separate statement heaped blame on the Israeli authorities.
"Israel is fully responsible for the killing of the teenager and we demand that the perpetrators are found and held accountable," he said.
The violence has triggered a wave of rioting in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat, with hundreds of masked Palestinians hurling stones at Israeli police in riot gear.
Israel police have confirmed finding a body in a forest in west Jerusalem but have not formally said it is that of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder who was reported kidnapped from the Arab eastern sector of the city before dawn.
However, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch confirmed there was a link between the missing youth and the body found in a forest in west Jerusalem, the Walla news website reported.
In a conversation with Aharonovitch, Netanyahu asked that the investigating authorities "work as quickly as possible to find out who was being the heinous murder of the youth and what is the background to the incident."
Netanyahu also "called on all sides not to take the law into their own hands" as fears grew that the killing was an act of revenge for the murder by Palestinian militants of three Israeli teenagers, whose bodies were found on Monday.