Trigger-happy killing in the West Bank

16-year-old Samir Awad was brutally assassinated by Israeli soldiers.

After finishing his school science exam in January 2013 the child was walking along a crossing close to the Israeli fence in the West Bank.  He was ambushed by Israeli soldiers using stun grenades and live ammunition.  He received shots to the head, leg and abdomen, and subsequently died as a result of the injuries.

Amnesty International has expressed serious concerns at Israel’s continual use of excessive force and has recorded the killings of 22 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2011-13. In the last three years, 261 Palestinians, 67 of whom were children have been seriously injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers.

Amnesty International has labelled as ‘inadequate’ the current investigation processes in Israel.  The organisation thus implores the Israeli authorities to implement more robust processes and conduct impartial and prompt investigations into every report of civilians killed or seriously injured by the actions of Israeli forces.    

You can read the full Amnesty International report here

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