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Israel Names Officer Accused of Killing Palestinian Teen With Live Fire

An Israeli Border Police officer indicted for the killing of a Palestinian teen during a Nakba Day protest in the West Bank has been named.

The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday named Ben Deri, 21, as the officer who was indicted last month for manslaughter in the death of Nadeem Nawara during a violent demonstration in May outside Ramallah in the West Bank. The name of the officer had been under a gag order by the court for the last several weeks.

It is believed that Deri fired a live bullet rather than a rubber bullet during efforts to quell a violent demonstration in May outside Ramallah. The Israel Defense Forces said at the time of the incident that rubber bullets had been used.

An autopsy performed on Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, showed that he was killed by live fire. The bullet consistent was with those used by the IDF.

It is believed that the officer fired a live bullet rather than a rubber bullet during efforts to quell a violent demonstration in May outside Ramallah. The Israel Defense Forces said at the time of the incident that rubber bullets had been used.

Deri is accused of switching from rubber bullets to live bullets during the incident, which violates the rules of engagement, according to the indictment. The shooting was captured on video.

Another teen, Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, 15, also was killed that day.

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