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Israel hands over corpses of Dimona bombers

Feb. 20, 2008 5:16 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2008 5:16 P.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Israeli authorities handed over the corpses of the Dimona bombers Muhammad Al-Hirbawi and Shadi Zghayyar to their families at the Tarqumia crossing west of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Wednesday.

The funeral processions are planned to take place later on Wednesday.

The bombing, which took place in a crowded shopping center, left one attacker and an Israeli woman dead. The second attacker was shot dead by an Israeli security officer.

Hamas' armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades had claimed responsibility for the Dimona bombing earlier this month. The Hamas announcement came slightly late allegedly in an attempt to confuse the Israeli government.

Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades, and the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades had claimed responsibility for the same operation days before Hamas claimed responsibility and released a videotape of the bombers reading their will.

The handover of the bodies also dispels any speculation that the Palestinian bombers had entered Israel from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, after leaving the Gaza Strip through the breached Rafah border wall.

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