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Photos Show Tariq Abu Khdeir's Family Home Ransacked By Israeli Police

07/19/2014 03:12 pm ET | Updated Jul 19, 2014

Israeli police raided the home of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir early Friday, just hours after the Palestinian-American teenager left for Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida.

Abu Khdeir, whose brutal beating at the hands of Israeli security forces was captured on camera, had been under house arrest in East Jerusalem. He was released on Thursday after pressure from the U.S. State Department and an ABC interview, wherein he defended his presence at a protest of the murder of his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive.

According to Hassan Shibly, Abu Khdeir's legal counsel and the director of the Florida branch of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, Israeli police burst into the family home in Shufat on Friday and destroyed furniture and emptied cabinets. Shibly said the police then arrested and detained Abu Khdeir's uncle and two other cousins without charges.

Abu Khdeir’s mother said she was informed by a judge that they would be released, according to Mondoweiss. However, Shibly told HuffPost that they still remain in custody, and it is unclear when or if they would be released.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a press briefing Friday that the United States was "shocked by the treatment of Tariq and strongly condemned any excessive use of force."

"We are deeply concerned about this latest development and reports and are closely tracking them on the ground," Psaki said.

But Psaki couldn't confirm whether Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed the latest reports about the incident.

In a statement to HuffPost, CAIR urged the State Department to investigate the matter, which it called an "apparent retaliation" against the family for publicizing Abu Khdeir's beating.

"This is clearly unacceptable retaliation against the Khdeir family for exposing the brutal treatment Tariq received at the hands of the Israeli police," it read. "The State Department must send a clear message that Israel cannot continue to violate human rights and international law with impunity."

CAIR released photos that allegedly show the Khdeir home after the visit by Israeli police:

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