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US calls for Israeli investigation into Nakba day killings
Published Wednesday 21/05/2014 (updated) 22/05/2014 17:33
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Palestinian protesters wave the national flag as they face-off with
Israeli soldiers following demonstration against Israeli-occupied
West Bank settlements expansion, on April 25, 2014, near Ramallah
(AFP Abbas Momani)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The US State Department on Tuesday called on Israel to investigate the killing of two Palestinian teenagers on May 15.

"We look to the Government of Israel to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation to determine the facts surrounding this incident, including whether or not the use of force was proportional to the threat posed by the demonstrators," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

"We express, of course, our condolences to the families of those deceased and urge all parties to exercise restraint," Psaki said during a press briefing in Washington.

The comments come after video footage emerged that seemed to show the deaths of 15-year-old Muhammad Audah Abu al-Thahir and 17-year-old Nadim Siyam Nuwarah during a demonstration near Ramallah on the anniversary of the Nakba.

Rights groups and the PLO have said the boys were killed without posing a threat to the Israeli military, and that their deaths could amount to war crimes.

"We are closely following this incident in the video. We're seeking additional information from the Government of Israel, so we certainly have been in touch," Psaki said.
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1 ) Abu Absa / USA
21/05/2014 21:20
It's plain murder! No justification whatsoever.

2 ) myra / canada
22/05/2014 00:00
International community must be aggressive in holding Israel accountable for its crimes.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/05/2014 06:20
We're getting pretty uppity. About time for someone to open a can of whupass on us, I would say. Forgetting our place and all that.

4 ) Why does not the PLO / RELEASE THE BODIES
22/05/2014 06:26
and the UTOPSY RESULTS? What are they hiding?

5 ) Mo / Canada
23/05/2014 20:23
Why is the Israeli army allowed to kill two wonderful boys whose only crime is trying to kill them first... oh right...
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