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Israel returns bodies of Palestinian militants


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Israel returns bodies of Palestinian militants

Israel has handed over the bodies of dozens of Palestinian militants to the Palestinian authorities, saying it hopes the gesture will help restart the peace process.

Israeli police escorted lorries carrying the bodies, until now buried in Israeli cemeteries.

They include several suicide bombers.

11-year-old Ibrahim never knew his father. Mohammed Zool blew himself up on a crowded bus in Jerusalem one Sunday morning in 2004. Seven people were killed and more than 60 wounded.

The bomber’s family come from the West Bank village of Hussan near Bethlehem.

His widow Mirwat said the return of her husband’s body changed their lives, and he was “freed from the hands of the Zionists”.

The repatriation is part of a deal to end a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners.

A special ceremony was being planned in Ramallah.
For many Palestinians, militants like Ibrahim’s father are seen as heroes.

For Israel they are terrorists; dozens of Israelis were killed in their attacks.

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