Palestine Daily, Nov 1: Israel To Release Bodies of Palestinians Killed in Hebron

PHOTO: Saturday’s funeral in Hebron of Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces


Israel’s authorities agreed on Saturday to release the bodies of at least seven Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces after alleged stabbing attacks in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Kamel Hmeid, the Governor of Hebron, said Israel had not yet delivered a full list of the names of the Palestinians or the place or time of their release, although it might take place on Saturday night.

Israeli sources said nine bodies would be released about 1 a.m. Sunday at the Tarqumiya checkpoint in western Hebron.

There were more clashes on Saturday in Hebron, where at least 11 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in October, as thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of five teenagers whose bodies were released late Friday.

All five were slain after Israel’s forces said they were attempted to stab Israelis.

At least 68 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops and police in October, amid attacks, clashes, and protests sparked by the issue of Jewish access to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, which includes the al-Aqsa Mosque.

At least 10 Israelis have been slain, mainly by stabbings, by Palestinian attackers.

Another Palestinian was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard at the al-Jalama military checkpoint, north of Jenin in the West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson said “the Palestinian attempted to stab security personnel at the crossing” when “forces responded to the imminent danger and shot the perpetrator”.

Local sources identified the Palestinian as Mahmoud Talal Mahmoud Nazzal, 18, from the town of Qabatiya south of Jenin.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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