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Israel returns bodies of Jerusalem synagogue attackers

Dec. 25, 2014 10:41 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2014 7:08 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Wednesday evening returned the bodies of two Palestinian attackers who killed five Israelis at a Jerusalem synagogue in November.

Israel notified the families of Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal that their bodies must by buried within 90 minutes of being returned at the cemetery of al-Sawahira al-Sharqiyya, lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud told Ma'an.

Only 40 relatives were to be allowed at the funeral, he added.

The family was forced to deposit 20,000 shekels ($5,000) to guarantee they would adhere to the stipulations.

"After they have been laid to rest, we will feel some relief after some very hard days following the martyrdom of Ghassan and Uday," a relative said.

Israel has imposed punitive measures on the whole family since the killings, refusing to return the bodies of both men and detaining most of their close relatives, the family said.

Their home has received a demolition order and Ghassan's widow lost her permanent residency rights.

Around 300 mourners joined the funeral procession, raising Palestinian flags and chanting patriotic slogans.

The two men entered a synagogue in Jerusalem armed with a gun, axes, and knives and killed four Israeli worshipers. A policeman died some days later from wounds sustained in the attack.

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