The autopsy has not yet been released but on Saturday a senior Palestinian official said results show that Abu Khdeir was set on fire and burned alive. He was found in a wooded area west of Jerusalem.
The incidents have given rise to some of the most dangerous tension seen in years. Following the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens, Israel launched a huge crackdown in the West Bank on the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which Israel accuses of being behind the abduction. An uptick in the number of rockets launched into southern Israel from Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip has followed, and Israel’s military has responded with air strikes.
American officials at the consulate in Jerusalem and embassy in Tel Aviv would not respond to requests for comment since the Abu Khdeir family has yet to sign a privacy waiver. But the parents said they are going with U.S. officials to see Tariq on Saturday afternoon ahead of a court session on Sunday.