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Monday, February 6

Rights group: Israeli forces executed Palestinian boy

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Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has accused Israeli army of “deliberate, entirely unjustified” execution of 15-year-old Palestinian boy.

In a report published in the wake of the execution, the rights group said: “Late night on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, soldiers shot and killed Mahmoud Badran, a 15-year-old from Beit Ur a-Tahta and wounded four of his friends.

“The shots were fired at a car with seven passengers inside, who were making their way back from a night out at a water park.”

Regarding the attack, the Israeli occupation army announced the soldiers had targeted “terrorists,” who were throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars on Road 443. However, after accounts of eyewitnesses, the Israeli army changed its narrative, stating the boy was ‘mistakenly’ killed.”

Following this, B’Tselem’s field-researcher proved that “the soldiers used heavy fire against the moving car without any justification.”

After the investigations, B’Tselem said: “At around 1:30am, seven residents… were making their way home after a night out at the Lin Land Waterpark in the village of Beit Sira.

“When the car approached a narrow underpass used by Palestinian vehicles to get across Road 443, [Israeli] soldiers standing on the road, on top of the underpass, opened massive fire at the car from a distance of 40 to 50 meters.

“Most of the passengers in the car were hit by the shots, including the driver, who lost control and crashed into a wall. Five of the seven passengers were hit in the shooting: Mahmoud Badran was killed instantly, four passengers were injured.”