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Israel returns remains of 2 Palestinians from Bethlehem

Feb. 3, 2014 1:26 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 8:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces returned the remains of two Palestinians from the Bethlehem area who had been held in numbered graves for over a decade.

Relatives gathered at the Tarqumia checkpoint southwest of Hebron late Sunday to receive the remains of Ayat al-Akhras, from Duheisha refugee camp, and Daoud Abu Swayy, from the village of Artas.

Al-Akhras, 18, died in 2002 after she detonated an explosive belt outside a supermarket in West Jerusalem, killing herself, 17-year-old Rachel Levy, and a security guard.

Abu Swayy, 46, died after detonating an explosive belt in West Jerusalem outside of the David Citadel Hotel. Three people were injured in the blast.

The remains will be buried later on Monday.

A committee tasked with retrieving the remains of Palestinians held by Israel said last week that around 281 Palestinians killed in confrontations with Israeli forces are still being held in numbered graves.

Over 100 have been returned, the group added.
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