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Israel returns body of Jerusalemite Palestinian killed in March

May 23, 2016 6:00 P.M. (Updated: May 23, 2016 10:50 P.M.)
(MaanImages, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday returned the body of a young Palestinian man who was shot and killed during an armed altercation with Israeli soldiers in occupied East Jerusalem two months prior.

Fouad Abu Rajab al-Tamimi, a 21 year-old resident of East Jerusalem, was killed in the city’s Salah al-Din Street on March 8 after firing gunshots at Israeli police forces, wounding two officers.

Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, told Ma’an on Monday that Tamimi’s body would be returned to his family at 5 p.m at the Beitunia checkpoint west of Ramallah.

Mahmoud added that Tamimi’s body would be buried in the al-Judeira, a village northwest of Jerusalem separated from the holy city by the Israeli separation wall, to comply with Israeli stipulations.

Tamimi is among more than 200 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October, the majority during alleged or attempted small-scale attacks that have left nearly 30 Israelis dead.

UN investigations have shown that, in a number of instances since the unrest began, Israeli forces have implemented a policy of extrajudicial execution, shooting dead Palestinians who did not present imminent threat at the time of their death.

Israel dramatically increased its policy of withholding bodies since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory since October, although it has scaled back on the policy in recent months.
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