Call for investigation of Palestinian teenagers killed in West Bank

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Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: OHCHR

Two Palestinian minors who were killed in the West Bank were found to have presented no threat when they were shot, according to the United Nations human right office.

On 15 May, Israeli security forces allegedly shot and killed the two boys who were taking part in a demonstration in the town of Beituniya, commemorating the 1948 Palestinian exodus.

Cécile Pouilly is the Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

” The initial findings of OHCHR's team on the ground indicated that the two minors aged 16 and 17 had presented no direct threat at the time that they had been killed. We call for the investigation to be prompt, thorough, effective, independent, impartial and transparent. ” (0'18")

Ms. Pouilly added that the killings may amount to extrajudicial executions under human rights law.

Meanwhile, the UN human rights office has urged Israel to make public the findings of its investigation.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

Duration: 1’02″

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