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Israel to release body of Palestinian who stabbed 2 Israeli soldiers

April 12, 2015 1:01 P.M. (Updated: April 14, 2015 5:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Palestinian Liaison announced that Israeli authorities will on Sunday release the body of Muhammad Jasser Karakra, who was shot dead after he stabbed two Israeli soldiers.

Karakra, 27, was killed on Wednesday after stabbing two soldiers at the Sinjil junction near the Shilo settlement, north of Ramallah.

Israeli forces subsequently held his body, which they sent to an Israeli forensic institute in Tel Aviv.

Karakra's family said that his funeral will take place on Monday, following noon prayers, when the body is received from the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

One of the Israeli soldiers, 20, was critically injured after being stabbed in the neck. The other received minor injuries and then opened fire at Karakra, who sustained critical injuries before being pronounced dead.

Israeli army forces and ambulances afterwards arrived at the scene and gave first aid to the soldiers, who were taken in a helicopter to hospital for treatment.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces also raided several areas surrounding Ramallah including Sinjil, Turmusayya, al-Luban al-Sharqiya, and al-Luban al-Gharbiya.

Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian youths and took them to identify the suspect's body, but none were able to identify him, witnesses said.

Some of the youths taken to identify the body said the suspect was injured with a bullet in the head, and that there was a "clean knife with no blood on it" next to him.

The Palestinian Liaison later identified Karakra.

The attack came less than a week after an Israeli soldier was stabbed near the Oranit checkpoint in southern Qalqiliya, receiving light wounds.

That attack was the first on Israeli military or civilians since early March when a Palestinian man drove his vehicle into a group of border police standing in front of an Israeli border police station between East and West Jerusalem, striking five people.

In the same time period, Israeli forces had shot and killed two Palestinians and injured around 170 Palestinians, the majority during attacks on protests as well as during raids, according to the United Nations.

The figure does not include attacks by Israeli settlers.
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