US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

Israeli soldiers ride a military vehicle outside the northern Gaza Strip
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Israeli soldiers ride a military vehicle near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, outside the northern Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated. The incident was not the only breach of the fragile truce. Eight children and two adults were killed by a blast at a park in northern Gaza and four Israelis were reported to have been killed by cross-border Palestinian mortar fire. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that considering his age, the U.S. is calling for a speedy resolution to the case of Mohamed Abu Nie.

Psaki says he's been held since being arrested on July 3 on various charges alleging that he threw rocks, attacked police, was carrying a knife and was leading protests linked to the unrest between Israel and Hamas.

Psaki says the U.S. also is concerned about allegations that he might have been beaten while in custody.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is assisting Nie and is in contact with his family and his lawyer.