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Watch: Israeli forces kill 2 unarmed teenagers at Nakba rally

May 20, 2014 1:20 P.M. (Updated: May 24, 2014 8:52 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian human rights group on Monday published video footage showing the moment two teenage boys were shot dead by Israeli military forces on Nakba Day last week.

"The images captured on video show unlawful killings where neither child presented a direct and immediate threat to life at the time of their shooting," said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine.

"These acts by Israeli soldiers may amount to war crimes, and the Israeli authorities must conduct serious, impartial, and thorough investigations to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes."

Israeli military forces have killed four Palestinian children in 2014. Over 1,400 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since 2000, according to DCI-Palestine.

Amnesty International condemned Israel's military forces following the killings, saying the army has "repeatedly resorted to extreme violence to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation, discriminatory policies, confiscation of land and construction of unlawful settlements."

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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