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Israeli authorities return body of activist involved in Nahal Oz shooting

April 10, 2008 12:00 P.M. (Updated: April 10, 2008 12:00 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities on Thursday morning handed over the body of a Palestinian activist affiliated who took part in Wednesday's shooting near Nahal Oz, which left two Israeli workers dead.

23-year-old Hasan Awad was a member of the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades.

Spokesperson of Islamic Jihad's military wing the Al-Quds Brigades, Abu Ahmad said on Wednesday that he lost contact with two of the activists who conducted the operation near Nahal Oz. However, on Thursday morning, he announced that one of them had returned to the Gaza Strip and that the body of the other activist was returned by the Israeli authorities.

The An-Nasser Brigades, the military wing affiliated to the Popular Resistance Committees, the Al-Mujahidin Brigades, a military group affiliated to Fatah and the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, have all claimed that the shooting was a joint operation.

According to Israeli media reports, the two Israeli workers were killed on Wednesday when Palestinian fighters entered the Gaza Strip's Nahal Oz crossing point and began shooting at the workers.

Nahal Oz terminal is the Gaza Strip's main crossing point for liquid fuels.

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