US calls for probe into Palestinian youths' deaths
Published on May 21, 2014 6:18 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States and a top UN official on Tuesday separately called for an immediate investigation into the deaths of two Palestinian youths fatally shot last week by Israeli border policemen in the West Bank.
The young men were shot dead on Thursday as Israeli police responded to demonstrations marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba – or “catastrophe” – of the Jewish state’s creation.
The group Defense for Children International-Palestine has released what it said was closed circuit television footage showing the unprovoked deaths of Musaab Nuwarah, 20, and Mohammed Udeh, 17. Israel rejects the footage however, saying it is doctored.
State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said the United States had been in contact with the Israeli government.
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