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Israel to return remains of Palestinian killed in 2002

Jan. 21, 2014 1:58 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2014 3:09 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will return the remains on Sunday of a Palestinian killed by soldiers over a decade ago, a human right groups said.

Israeli rights group HaMoked, or Center for the Defense of the Individual, said in a statement that the remains of Shadi Hamamrah, from Husan, will be returned via the Tarqumiya checkpoint west of Hebron at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The remains matched DNA samples taken from relatives, HaMoked said.

Family members say the Palestinian Authority has not officially informed them about the decision to return Hamamrah's remains.

Hamamrah was shot dead near the Malha neighborhood in Jerusalem on March 26, 2002. Khalid Mousa from al-Khader village was killed in the same incident.

Israel has held their remains since the killings.

On Saturday, a Palestinian committee spokesman told Ma'an that Israel will return the remains of 36 Palestinians currently held in Israeli numbered graves.

Since the late 1960s, Israel has withheld the bodies of hundreds of Palestinians, interred in numbered, rather than named, graves in a cemetery in the occupied West Bank's Jordan Valley.
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