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Killing of Palestinians may be war crime: HRW Israeli troops shot dead two protesters on May 15

JERUSALEM, June 9, (RTRS): The killing last month of two Palestinian teenagers during a protest in the occupied West Bank might constitute an Israeli war crime, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday. Palestinian medics said Muhammad Abu Thahr, 16, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, were shot dead by Israeli troops using live ammunition on May 15 as they took part in the demonstration. The Israeli military says its forces only fired rubber bullets that day and had no immediate reaction to the report from the New York-based human rights group.

Video from security cameras on Palestinian properties close to the scene showed the two teenagers fall to the ground in separate incidents, apparently shot despite posing no immediate threat to Israeli forces. “The willful killing of civilians by Israeli security forces as part of the occupation is a war crime,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

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