Family of beaten Tampa boy set to speak

Tampa, Florida -- The family of a 15-year-old Tampa boy they say was beaten by Israeli soldiers in an incident that has caused an international outcry is set to speak this afternoon at the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Our news partner WTSP, was the first to speak with Tariq Khdeir's family on camera Saturday.

Now the 15-year-old has been released from an Israeli jail on house arrest and his family wants him back home safe.

Hundreds gathered Sunday in Tampa to break Ramadan fast and to hold vigil for the beaten 15-year-old Tariq. He lives and goes to school in Tampa. They also sent up prayers for Tariq's friend and cousin 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was burned to death just last week, calling him a martyr.

Tariq's family says there is no reason the people they say are Israeli soldiers should have brutally kicked and punched their cousin just days ago and their prayers go out him.

"I was really disgusted I felt like I wish I could do something about it as a Palestinian," said Tariq's cousin Abdel Abukhdeir. "As a Palestinian, we see this. This is not an isolated incident. This just happened to be the incident that took the world."

Tariq's mother and father are in Israel right now with their boy. They hope to have him return to Tampa in just over a week. The State Department has also made contact with Tariq and his family.


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