Two more martyrs as the Nakba continues

Two more martyrs as the Nakba continues

CORRECTION: The two boys who were murdered by the Israeli army near Ofer on Nakba Day (15 May) – Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher and Nadeem Siam Nawara – were 15 and 17 years old, respectively. We apologise for our previous incorrect reporting that they were aged 17 and 22.

UPDATE: Defence for Children International released a video today that clearly shows the boys were murdered in cold-blood, without any provocation from their side. Please sign and share this urgent appeal demanding that the soldiers who cut two young lives short be held criminally accountable.

In commemoration of the 66th annual Nakba day, hundreds of Palestinian youth from the Ramallah district moved against Israeli soldiers outside of Ofer prison in Beitunya. Soldiers retaliated with tear gas, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets.

During the clashes, soldiers killed two demonstrators, aged 15 and 17. seventeen and twenty two. The first, who was shot in the chest, died in hospital, while the second, who was shot in the abdomen, died in the ambulance. An additional 24 Palestinians were shot with live ammunition and rubber bullets during the confrontation, and two victims are currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Ramallah Public Hospital. Over 10 youth have also received medical attention for excessive tear gas inhalation.

Nakba day is the annual commemoration of the 800,000 Palestinians who were forced out of their homes in Historic Palestine during the War of 1948. Nakba, which is the Arabic word for catastrophe, is also used to describe the situation of Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli occupiers.

At the heart of the catastrophe are the five million Palestinians currently living as refugees, the largest refugee population in the world. Demonstrators chose Ofer prison as the site of their demonstration today, because 500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently jailed there. Forty detainees in Ofer are currently on hunger strike to protest the Israeli practice of administrative detention, or imprisonment without formal charges.

One more young man from Jalazoun is still in intensive care. He, as the two martyrs of Nakba 66, was shot by Israeli snipers with live ammunition.

Medics evacuate a young boy who passed out from tear gas inhalation

Medics evacuate a young boy who passed out from tear gas inhalation

Local shebaab pose with an unexploded tear gas cannister

Local shebaab pose with an unexploded tear gas canister

Collection of bullet casings, steel coated rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters

Collection of bullet casings, steel coated rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters

Return is our right and our will

Return is our right and our will

Heavily armed soldiers retaliate against demonstrators

Heavily armed soldiers retaliate against demonstrators

Excessive use of tear gas

Excessive use of tear gas

Medics in Beitunya had a busy day, treating dozens of demonstrators for injuries from bullets, rubber bullets, and tear gas.

Medics in Beitunya had a busy day, treating dozens of demonstrators for injuries from bullets, rubber bullets, and tear gas.