The boys' relatives blame the Israeli military for the killings
The Israeli military says it fired no live rounds during the protests
"The killings may amount to extrajudicial executions under human rights law," the U.N. says
It calls for a prompt, independent, impartial and transparent probe
Fakher Zayed is accustomed to trouble erupting on his doorstep.
Nadeem Nouwarah, 17, and Mohammad Odeh Salameh, 16, were killed during protests on May 15 on the anniversary of the “Nakba,” a day commemorating the displacement of Palestinians that accompanied the creation of Israel after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
Six hours of raw video distributed by advocacy organization Defense for Children International and reviewed by CNN shows the boys were shot on the same patch of asphalt. Their deaths were 73 minutes apart.
The boys’ relatives blame the Israeli military for the killings.
“The killings may amount to extrajudicial executions under human rights law as well as willful killings under international humanitarian law, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement on Friday.
It called for a prompt, independent, impartial and transparent investigation.
“Our office has repeatedly raised its concerns about the excessive use of force by Israeli security forces and the lack of accountability for such incident,” the statement said. “We also urge Israel to make public the findings of this investigation and any steps regarding accountability that are taken.”
But an Israeli military spokesman say its forces fired no live rounds during hours of clashes on May 15.
“During that demonstration that was extremely violent, the Israeli Defense Force used crowd-control methods and riot-dispersal means to prevent and control the overflow of the violence,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN.
“The preliminary IDF inquiry indicates that no live fire was shot at all on Thursday during the riots in Beitunya, and we have to determine what caused this result,” Lerner added.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has joined several human rights groups calling for an investigation into the deadly incident.