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Israel delivers remains of 4 Palestinians held for over a decade

March 19, 2014 11:41 A.M. (Updated: March 21, 2014 11:39 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities late Tuesday delivered the remains of four Palestinians withheld by Israel for over a decade, Palestinian officials said.

Tamir Arafeh, director of the military liaison department in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the remains of Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Hanbali, Muhammad Abd al-Hamid Saleh Hamoudha, and Yasser Ahmad Saleh were delivered to the Taybeh checkpoint west of Tulkarem.

Separately, the remains of Jamil Khalaf Mustafa Hmeid were delivered to his family at Tarqumiya checkpoint south of Hebron, security sources said.

Al-Hanbali died in September 2003 after Israeli troops raided a building to detain him in the al-Makhfiyya neighborhood of Nablus.

Saleh was killed in clashes with Israeli troops near the illegal Yitzhar settlement in September 2002.

Hamoudha died in February 2002 after he and Abd al-Jabbar Khalid carried out a militant operation in Hadera in northern Israel.

Hmeid died in March 2002.

Since the late 1960s, Israel has withheld the bodies of hundreds of Palestinians. Their bodies are interred in numbered, rather than named, graves in four cemeteries created for that purpose, the biggest of which is located in the Jordan Valley.

So far this year, a number of Palestinian families have received the remains of relatives who were killed by Israeli forces and whose bodies had been held in Israel.
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