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Amnesty condemns Israel for 'reckless' Nakba Day killings

May 16, 2014 7:26 P.M. (Updated: May 18, 2014 10:30 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Amnesty International on Thursday condemned Israel's military forces for killing two Palestinian youths during a Nakba Day protest.

"Israeli forces have displayed continuing recklessness in their use of force against Palestinian protesters when they killed a young man and a teenager, and injured others, during a crackdown on demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba in the occupied West Bank today," a statement said.

"Israeli forces have repeatedly resorted to extreme violence to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation, discriminatory policies, confiscation of land and construction of unlawful settlements."

The international human rights group said that the use of "unnecessary and excessive force" against Palestinian protesters is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately.

"The Israeli authorities must ensure that their forces act in a manner that respects and upholds human rights. Amnesty International is calling for a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation into these deaths and injuries," said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

In February, Amnesty released a report entitled 'Trigger-happy', which found that Israeli forces display a "callous disregard" for human life, with near total impunity for the killing of Palestinian civilians in cases examined since 2011.

The report said that some killings, including the murder of Samir Awad, 16, in Jan. 2013, could amount to war crimes.
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