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PA delegation visits family of deceased Israeli Civil Administration head

March 30, 2016 1:58 P.M. (Updated: March 30, 2016 6:03 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An official Palestinian Authority delegation on Wednesday visited the family of Munir Ammar, the head of the Israeli forces' Civil Administration, who died in plane crash in the Lower Galilee in northern Israel last week.

According to Israeli radio station Voice of Israel, the PA delegation visited the family to offer their condolences in Ammar's hometown, the Druze village of Julis in northern Israel.

"Members of the delegation eulogized Ammar and enumerated his merits and his positive attitude towards his Palestinian counterparts in the West Bank," the radio station reported.

PLO Executive Committee member Muhammad al-Madani, who led the delegation, was reported to have said during the visit: "I hope the Palestinians and the Israelis will take practical steps towards the peacemaking process."

Official sources speaking on the condition of anonymity told Ma'an that the Palestinian delegation consisted of 15 high-profile officials.

The Israeli forces’ Civil Administration is responsible for the management of the Palestinian population in Area C in the occupied West Bank in coordination with the PA.

While the Civil Administration is nominally responsible for developing infrastructure in the area, nearly all development supports only Israeli settlers living in the area in contravention of international law, while efforts to develop existing Palestinian communities often fail.

Many Palestinians have criticized the PA for appearing to work too closely with Israel, effectively enabling its nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory.
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