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The teen from Tampa was protesting the killing of his cousin when he was beaten and apprehended. (Source: CNN) The teen from Tampa was protesting the killing of his cousin when he was beaten and apprehended. (Source: CNN)
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JERUSALEM (CNN) - A court on Sunday conditionally released a Palestinian-American teenager whose beating by Israeli police was captured on cell phone video.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, was placed under house arrest, even though it's not clear what, if any, charges he faces.

Images caught on cell phone Thursday evening show Israeli police punching and kicking the Tampa native on the ground, his hands bound behind his back.

His parents say he was taking part - but not throwing rocks - in protests sparked by the discovery of the burned body of his cousin, Mohamed Abu Khdair, widely believed to have been killed by Israeli extremists in revenge for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month.

Israeli police continue to investigate Tariq's involvement in the protests. He remains under house arrest for nine days, not in the family home, but rather in a relative's home in the adjacent neighborhood of Bait Hanina.

"I'm not really happy because he hasn't really been charged with anything,” his mother, Suha Abu Khdeir, said. “He hasn't been accused of anything, not charged with anything. They have him on house arrest out of his own home, and plus they're making us pay a fine."

The family plans to pursue charges against those who beat the boy.

The Israeli Justice Ministry has launched a probe into the incident. Tariq's father, Salah Eddeine Abu Khdeir, has scant faith in the process.

As that investigation goes forward, Israeli police say they have brought in several Israeli Jews for questioning in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Mohamed Abu Khdair, indicating it may well have been a politically motivated revenge killing, adding more fuel for the fire.

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