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Thousands bury youths slain by Israel on Nakba Day
Published Friday 16/05/2014 (updated) 20/05/2014 10:08
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians turned out on Friday to bury two youths killed by Israeli soldiers a day earlier during protests to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe," of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948.

The bodies of Nadim Siyam Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Audah Abu al-Thahir, 15, were brought to their final resting place in the villages of Abu Shukheidim and al-Mazraa al-Qibliya in the hills north of Ramallah.

The two youths were shot directly in the chest while protesting near Israel's Ofer prison, located in the central West Bank near Ramallah.

The funeral ceremony for the pair was held in the Petrol neighborhood between the two villages, where thousands prayed beside their bodies.

The funeral march began at the Palestine Medical Complex where the two were pronounced dead by medical officials the day before.

Thousands attended the march waving flags for both Hamas and Fatah, the two largest Palestinian political parties, and calling for "revenge for the blood of the martyrs."

Following prayers, funeral processions set forth towards the youths' respective hometowns, where they were laid to rest in burial plots.

As their bodies were lowered into the ground, a speaker called upon the crowd to ensure that the "blood of the youths not be wasted," and stressing the need for national unity to "respond to the crimes of the Israeli occupation."

Speakers at the funeral called for the "need to expand the scope of the Palestinian resistance" in response to the "assassination of these two young boys" and calling for the "world to intervene by condemning the crimes of the Israeli occupation.

Nuwara and al-Thahir were shot dead during clashes that broke out near Ofer prison on Thursday, following protests in commemoration of the displacement by Zionist militias of the majority of Palestinians from their homes in what became Israel in 1948.

Earlier reports gave older ages for the slain protesters, but Dr. Samir Saliba, head of the emergency department at Ramallah Hospital, told AP on Thursday evening that the two were younger than earlier reported.

Israel has killed over 60 Palestinians since last July.



Correction: An earlier version of this report said that Nuwara was 15 and that Abu al-Thahir was 17. In fact, Dr. Samir Saliba told Ma'an in the aftermath of the shooting that Abu al-Thahir was 15 and that Nuwara was 17.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/05/2014 17:33
We will now hear the vicious snarl of our Nazi thugs as they justify these murders. Say bye-bye to breakfast.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
16/05/2014 22:17
There is no justification for these deaths. The same way there was no justification for the deaths of Palestinian Jews during the Palestinian Arab riots of 1920,1921, and 1929.

3 ) Maureen / Australia
17/05/2014 05:06
Revisionist Zionism is the reincarnate of Nazism!

4 ) The IDF SHOT IN DEFENSE / NO ARAB DIES
17/05/2014 06:54
if he does NOT ATTACK JEWS when will you understand this?

5 ) ian / australia
17/05/2014 09:21
"The funeral march began at the Palestine Medical Complex where the two were pronounced dead by medical officials the day before." I'm surprised an IDF presence for "security" reasons wasn't thought necessary, just to make sure the march didn't turn violent. You can never be too careful with Arabs (esp. burying their dead).

6 ) Rami / Palestine
18/05/2014 08:53
#4 This statement is a fallacy. 14yr old Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi was shot from behind near Jalazun refugee camp by an IDF sniper. He wasn't "attacking jews." Lubna Hanash was shot & killed in front of a college in Hebron in cold blood. Again, not "attacking Jews" & 19yr old Jawhar Nasser Jawhar & 17yr old Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya were shot & permanently maimed by IDF while walking home after soccer practice. They were treated in Jordan & were recently arrested upon their return to the West Bank.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/05/2014 20:20
To Arnold #2: 'There is no justification for these deaths. The same way there was no justification for the deaths of Palestinian Jews during...' Let's grant your claims to past history. Is it a matter of two rights making a wrong, or of vengeance being justified against the descendants of a group you perceive as having wronged you in the past? As someone with English ancestry, can I, for example, take out a few Danes on the grounds that their ancestors were probably Vikings?

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/05/2014 20:22
To #4 'The IDF SHOT IN DEFENSE / NO ARAB DIES if he does NOT ATTACK JEWS when will you understand this?' The truth is obviously otherwise. The IDF murders Palestinians regardless of their behavior.
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