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4 Israeli Police Held in Youth’s Death

April 18, 2003

JERUSALEM (AP) _ In a case that prompted an outcry from human rights groups and Palestinians, four Israeli border police accused of killing a detained Palestinian youth were arrested Friday after a four-month investigation into the killing.

The police allegedly detained 18-year-old Imran Abu Hamdia in the West Bank city of Hebron on Dec. 30 and dumped his body about an hour later, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said.

An autopsy concluded he died from a sharp blow to the skull, the Haaretz newspaper said.

The policemen were arrested Friday following an investigation by a wing of the Israeli Justice Ministry, Israeli media reported. The men are being detained but have not been charged.

Police spokesman Gil Kleiman confirmed arrests had been made.

Israel Radio reported the youth was killed in retaliation for a Nov. 16 attack on Israeli security forces that left 12 dead.

A spokesman for the Justice Ministry, which handles the police investigations unit, was unavailable for comment because of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

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