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Official: Body of al-Khatib received with marks of torture

Dec. 30, 2015 11:10 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 30, 2015 11:10 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Sixteen-year-old Mamoun al-Khatib was beaten at the time he was shot dead by Israeli forces on Dec. 1, the head of the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said Tuesday.

Issa Qaraqe said in a statement released after the PA received the teen’s body from Israeli authorities on Sunday that al-Khatib’s body was returned with marks from beating and torture.

Qaraqe added that Israel’s withholding of the bodies of Palestinians is an “ethical, humanitarian and legal stigma for Israel that is preventing families from giving their children appropriate burial in accordance with Palestinian and religious rituals.”

The PA official said: “There is not a more fascist country in the world that punishes the dead and their families and sets conditions for returning their bodies and their burials than Israel.”

Al-Khatib was shot dead by Israeli forces in the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after the Israeli army said that he attempted to attack a pedestrian with a knife a the bloc’s main junction.

He did not wound any Israelis before he was shot dead however one Israeli bystander was lightly wounded by a ricocheting bullet fired by Israeli forces.
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