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Israel to return remains of 2 Palestinians on Tuesday

Jan. 19, 2014 9:53 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 9:54 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The remains of two Palestinians currently held in Israel will be delivered to the West Bank on Tuesday, a statement said Sunday.

A campaign to retrieve the remains of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces said in a statement that the remains of Fathi Jihad Ameera and Ata Ibrahim Samhan Samahna would be delivered to Taybeh checkpoint near Tulkarem at 8 p.m.

Ameera, from the village of al-Nasiriya near Tubas, was killed on March 30, 2002, the statement said.

Samahna, from Nablus, was shot dead in 2004 at the age of 60, it added.

The remains of one Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in 2002, Majdi Abd al-Jawad Khanfar, was returned on Sunday at 8 p.m at the same checkpoint, a Ma'an reporter said.

Campaign spokesman Salim Khillah said that Israel's decision to return the remains was a gesture to encourage the PLO to continue with peace negotiations.

The spokesman for HaMoked, an Israeli human rights group, told Ma'an Thursday that the decision was the result of a Supreme Court decision.
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