Thousands of Palestinians attended today the funerals of Nadeem Siyam Nuwara, 15 years old, and Mohammad Odeh Abu al-Thahir, 17 years old, shot dead yesterday by the Israeli Occupation Forces during a demonstration in commemoration of Nakba Day.
At 11am in the morning crowds gathered near the Palestine Medical Complex, were the bodies of the two boys were and started the funeral march towards Birzeit. Numerous cars and hundreds of people took part in the march, waving flags from all different political parties.
The march ended next to Birzeit University, were the prayer took place. Once finished, the martyrs were taken to their respective villages, Abu Shukheidim and al-Mazraa al-Qibliya, where they were buried.
Several people called for revenge for the martyrs, and other speakers stressed that the blood of these young boys should not be wasted. They also strongly condemned the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and asked for unity of all the political factions to fight the Israeli occupation.
Nadeem and Mohammad were killed yesterday afternoon, during clashes that started following a demonstration on the occasion of Nakba Day. ‘Nakba’ means catastrophe in Arabic, and it commemorates the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in what became the state of Israel.
Both of them were shot directly in their chests by the Israeli army. Other Palestinians were also injured during the same demonstration that took place near Ofer prison, in Betunya. The most serious injury was that of Mohammad Alazza, 16 years old, who was also shot in the chest. He is at the moment in the ICU in the Palestine Medical Complex, in a serious but stable condition.