Beaten 15-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Khdeir sentenced to house arrest in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) - A 15-year-old Palestinian-American boy from Tampa, a cousin of Abu Khdeir, was injured in clashes with Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem last week.

The boy, Tariq Abu Khdeir, who goes to school in Florida, was ordered confined to his home in Israel for nine days while police investigate what they say was his participation in violent protests — a charge his family denies.

The U.S. State Department said it was "profoundly troubled" by reports that he was beaten, and Israel's Justice Ministry launched an investigation.

As Tariq was released to his family, he was crying and appeared badly bruised, with both eyes and his mouth swollen. "I feel better. I am excited to be back home," he said.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that "if the investigation is concluded promptly, Mr. Khudeir should be able to return to Florida as planned with his family later this month."

Tariq's parents said they plan on returning to the U.S. with their son on July 16.

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