News ID: 130061
Published: 0738 GMT November 01, 2015

Thousands attend funerals in West Bank

Thousands attend funerals in West Bank

Thousands of mourners on Sunday filled the streets of Sair and Surif villages in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron also know as al-Khalil for the funerals of two young men who were killed by Israeli forces in October, following alleged stabbing attempts.

Israeli authorities delivered the bodies of Raed Jaradat, 22, and Mahmoud Ghneimat, 20, to the Palestinian liaison department early Sunday morning. The remains were then transferred to the Hebron public hospital before they were taken to their hometowns, Ma'an News Agency reported.

Jaradat, from the village of Sair east of Hebron, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Oct. 26. Similarly, Ghneimat, from the village of Surif west of Hebron, was shot dead on Oct. 22 after Israeli sources claimed he had attempted a stabbing attack, however the circumstances around the incident are unclear.

Jaradat was shot in the face during the incident, making it difficult to identify the body, the family said. Family members of Jaradat said that it took the family two hours to identify the body as their relative for certain.

Both men received a full military procession out of the hospital before they were taken to their hometowns.

Jaradat and Ghneimat's remains were two of the seven bodies expected to be returned to families in Hebron on Sunday.

Israeli authorities had agreed to release the bodies of at least seven Palestinians being held by Israeli authorities following a joint funeral of five others whose bodies Israel had released on Friday.

However, Palestinian sources said that Israeli forces retracted their latest decision to release all seven bodies, and instead only released the two.

On Friday Israeli forces returned the bodies of Dania Irsheid al-Husseini, 17, Bayan Ayman al-Essili, 16, Tariq Ziyad al-Natsha,16, Hussam Ismail al-Jabari,17, and Bashar Nidal al-Jabari,15.

All were involved in attacks that the Israeli army said resulted in injury of Israeli military personnel excluding Dania, who eyewitnesses said did not attempt an attack.

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