Palestinians carry the bodies of Amer Nassar 17, and Naji Balbisi 18 into a mosque during their funeral in Anabta, West Bank, Palestine. April 4, 2013 (Photo: Darren Whiteside/Reuters)
Mother of Naji Balbisi mourns (Photo: Mohahamed Torokman/Reuters)
Their deaths occurred during three days of confrontations, demonstrations and protests sparked by the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh.
The Jerusalem Post reported Israeli forces were on “high alert” anticipating violence to break out after Hamdiyeh’s funeral held today in Hebron.
Talks in jeopardy
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the deaths jeopardised “US and international efforts to restart negotiations”.
The youths’ killings have prompted further unrest after the death of Abu Hamdiyeh on Tuesday led to protests and a general strike across the territory.
Naji Balbisi and Amer nassar, both 17 from the town of Anabta, east of Tulkram, were shot during confrontations with Israeli soldiers at Innab checkpoint, near Tulkarm.
Medical sources said Balbisi’s body was missing for few hours after the clashes with the Israeli soldiers, during which soldiers fired live ammunition at the young protesters.
Balbisi’s body was found at dawn near a house within the area.
This came only hours after Nassar was shot dead at the same checkpoint.
Israeli soldiers shot Nassar directly in his chest with live ammunition and prevented anyone that attempted to help from reaching him; an 18-year-old was shot with live ammunition in his arm while trying to reach Nassar.
In addition, Diya’ Nassar was arrested by Israeli soldiers, for attempting to help Nassar.
Nassar’s body was held for an hour before Israeli soldiers allowed the Red Crescent crews from taking him to a local hospital in Tulkarm.
According to the IDF, a group of Palestinians attacked a guard station near Tulkarm in the West Bank village of Anabda late Wednesday night and threw Molotov cocktails at it. Soldiers responded with live fire killing two Palestinians. The IDF confirmed both deaths.