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American teen beaten in Mideast talks about ordeal

By Jared Leone

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, July 20 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, speaks during interview at his home, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Khdeir flew home to Tampa last week and said in an interview Sunday that he hopes one day to visit loved ones anew and “come back safe.” Israeli authorities released Tariq three days after he was detained and sentenced him to nine days of house arrest while they investigated what they said was his participation in violent protests over the death of his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Scott Iskowitz, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — A Palestinian-American teen left with stitches and bruises from his detention by Israeli security forces hopes to return one day without incident to the Middle East, where he was beaten while visiting relatives.

Fifteen-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir flew home to Tampa last week and said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press he hopes one day to visit loved ones anew and "come back safe."

 Israeli authorities released Tariq three days after he was detained and sentenced him to nine days of house arrest while they investigated what they said was his participation in violent protests over the death of his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Tariq says he didn't take part in rock-throwing disturbances, adding "I didn't do anything to them (Israeli authorities) to do this to me."

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