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Israel returns bodies of 2 slain Palestinians

July 14, 2018 4:53 P.M. (Updated: July 15, 2018 10:45 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The funeral processions of two Palestinians, whose bodies have been held by the Israeli authorities for around three months, set off on Saturday in the occupied West Bank districts of Nablus and Hebron.

Hundreds of Palestinians marched in the funeral Muhammad Marshud from the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

Marshud was killed by Israeli forces on April 9th near the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishur Adumin after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attempt.

Israel returned Marshud's body to his family in Nablus on Friday after three months of withholding it.

The funeral march set off from the Rafidiya Governmental Hospital towards Marshud's family home in the Balata refugee camp before burial took place in the refugee camp's cemetery.

Mourners waved Palestinian flags and called slogans condemning Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

Body of Muhammad Marshud during funeral procession

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in the Beit Ummar village in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron following the funeral procession of killed Palestinian Rami Wahid Sabarneh, 37, whose body was returned to his family o Friday after being held by the Israeli authorities for 45 days.

At least two Palestinians were shot with live fire and several others by rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths.

Locals said that Israeli forces were deployed at all entrances of Beit Ummar and closed off the northern entrance preventing the movement of vehicles near the entrance.

Sources added that Israeli forces also were also deployed in the vicinity of the cemetery, where the funeral of Sabarneh was to take place.

Sabarneh's family said their farewells to their son's body; the body was then taken to the village's mosque for prayers, before being taken to the cemetery for burials.

Nasri Sabarneh, the former mayor of Beit Ummar village, said that through the "Adalah" center, the Sabarneh family managed to recover the body of their son, after the Israeli court sent a notice that his body will be returned on Friday.

Body of Rami Sabarneh during funeral procession
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