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Israel to release slain Palestinian body, shot by Israeli forces during West Bank raid

July 19, 2016 8:56 P.M. (Updated: July 20, 2016 1:02 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities announced on Tuesday that Israel would return the slain body of 22-year-old Anwar al-Salaymeh to his family after holding his body for six days, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.

Addameer lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud told Ma’an that Israeli authorities decided to return al-Salaymeh’s body at the Beituniya checkpoint in the central occupied West Bank on Tuesday night without any preconditions. However, they did not specify a specific hour.

Spokesperson of the Fatah movement Thaer Fasfous said that al-Salaymeh’s body would be buried at the Anata cemetery.

Al-Salaymeh was killed in the town of al-Ram in the West Bank’s Jerusalem district during predawn hours after allegedly attempting to run over Israeli soldiers while in his vehicle with two friends, Faris al-Rishq, who was critically injured during the incident, and Muhammad Nassar.

Nassar vehemently denied the charges after being detained and interrogated by Israeli forces following the incident.

Instead, the friends claim they were on their way to a bakery and did not know there was a raid being carried out in the town. After seeing their car, Israeli forces surrounded them and opened live fire.

Human rights organizations have widely condemned Israel's policy of withholding Palestinian bodies, with Addameer calling it a form of “collective punishment” against Palestinians who had not been accused of any wrongdoing, also noting that it “adds to the severe grief and trauma of families of the deceased.”

An estimated seven slain Palestinians are still being held by Israeli authorities, some of which have been held for more than eight months, as the families have continued to appeal to the Supreme Court for their release.
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