WASHINGTON, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Wednesday condemns the "despicable" murder of a Palestinian teenager and calls for steps to prevent acts of violence.
"It is sickening to think of an innocent 17 year old boy snatched off the streets and his life stolen from him and his family. There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.
The murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, which followed the discovery in the West Bank of the bodies of three abducted Israeli teenagers on June 12, sparked an outage among the Palestinians.
"Those who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation," Kerry said.
The United States looks to both the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent acts of violence and bring their perpetrators to justice, the top U.S. diplomat added.
The White House also expressed its concern that the situation between the Israelis and Palestinians is "very volatile" and could devolve into a more violent and destabilizing environment.
It is in the interests of both sides to prevent such an environment, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
Earnest added that the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government continue to have security cooperation and the United States encourages both sides to remain engaged in the collaboration.