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Report, International Solidarity Movement
Beit Liqya, Ramallah, West Bank
Two cousins, 14 and 15 years old, were shot dead today as Israeli soldiers opened fire on a demonstration against the Apartheid Wall in the village of Beit Liqya.
After school ended for the day students went out to protest against the illegal Wall which is right now cutting through their homes and lands threatening the livelihood and freedom of movement of the entire region.
Israeli soldiers, positioned on a hill above the demonstration, met the students’ confrontation with live fire. According to eye witnesses, the two boys were shot by the same soldier from a distance of 50 to 100 meters.
Jamal Jaber Ibrahim Assi, 15, received a bullet in the heart and died at the scene. Odai Mufid Mahmoud Assi, 14, was shot in the left side of his stomach. The two boys, who were cousins, were rushed by ambulance to the village of Biddu while doctors tried in vain to save Odai. He died en route to the hospital.