The Palestinian teenagerMuhammad Abu Khudairwho was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem early on Wednesday morning was burned to death by his killers.
The news of the horrifying manner in which Muhammad was killed came on the same day that thousands of people turned out for his funeral in the Shuafat neighborhood of eastern occupied Jerusalem where he lived.
Palestinian Authority Attorney GeneralMuhammad Abdul Ghani al-Aweiwi told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa that the preliminary autopsy report states that the remnants of a burned substance (soot) was present in Muhammad’s respiratory passages and lungs, indicating he had inhaled the substance while being burned alive.
Burning and complications stemming from it were the direct cause of death, according to the autopsy report.
The autopsy was carried out at the Israeli Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in the presence of an official Palestinian pathologist, Dr. Sabir al-Aloul.
Muhammad’s body was ninety percent covered in burns varying from first to fourth degree in severity and he also had a head injury, al-Aweiwi stated.
He said that samples taken from the teen’s body would allow more in-depth analysis of the circumstances of his death.
Israeli authorities have imposed a strict gag order on reporting details regarding the investigation into Muhammad’s murder, which was an apparent reprisal for the killings of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted in the occupied West Bank on 12 June and whose bodies were found last Monday.
Meanwhile, [even zionist] Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of “serious violations” in a large-scale assault on Palestinians since the Israeli teens’ abduction which the group said amounts to “collective punishment.”