JERUSALEM (AP) Three Israeli suspects in the vigilante-style killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime on Monday and were re-enacting the incident for authorities, an official said, as the country's leaders raced to contain a public uproar over the slaying.
The confessions came as
tensions continued to rise along Israel's volatile front with the Gaza
Strip. Israeli airstrikes, launched in response to persistent rocket
fire, killed at least eight Palestinian militants. The Hamas militant
group vowed revenge, saying "the enemy will pay a tremendous price."
region has been on edge for weeks since three Israeli teenagers were
kidnapped and killed in the West Bank. Last week, hours after the
Israeli teens were buried, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted
from outside his home in east Jerusalem, and his charred remains were
found shortly afterwards in a Jerusalem forest. His death triggered days
of violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel.
Jewish suspects have not been identified, and they remained in custody
Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the