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Teen allegedly beaten by Israeli police returns home to U.S.

Teen allegedly beaten by Israeli police returns home to U.S.
Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, a U.S. citizen who relatives say was beaten and arrested by Israeli police during clashes sparked by the killing of his Palestiian cousin Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, is escorted by Israeli prison guards during an appearance in a Jerusalem court on July 6. (Oded Balilty / Associated Press)

The 15-year-old boy allegedly beaten by Israeli police early this month returned to his family in Florida late Wednesday.

Tariq Khdeir arrived at Tampa International Airport shortly before 11 p.m. to a cheering crowd of friends and family.

Tariq was arrested and beaten July 3 during a clash with Israeli police, a relative said.

Tariq is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khudair, the 16-year-old Palestinian who was kidnapped and burned alive, allegedly by Israeli ultra-nationalists.

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Tariq was on a family trip to visit relatives in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat when the bodies of three kidnapped Jewish teenagers were found June 30.

Naftali Frenkel, 16, a U.S.-Israeli citizen; Gil-Ad Shaer, 16; and Eyal Yifrah, 19, had been missing for 18 days. They were buried July 1, and Mohammed was kidnapped hours later. His body was found July 2.

Tariq was born in Baltimore, lives in Tampa and has family spread across the U.S., relatives said.

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