BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of people attended the funeral on Monday of two Palestinians whose remains were returned by Israel a day earlier.
On Sunday, relatives gathered at the Tarqumia checkpoint southwest of Hebron to receive the remains of Ayat al-Akhras, from Duheisha refugee camp, and Daoud Abu Swayy, from the village of Artas.
Al-Akhras, 18, died in 2002 after she detonated an explosive belt outside a supermarket in West Jerusalem, killing herself, 17-year-old Rachel Levy, and a security guard.
Abu Swayy, 46, died after detonating an explosive belt in West Jerusalem outside of the David Citadel Hotel. Three people were injured in the blast.
The funeral procession started at Beit Jala government hospital and participants marched to Duheisha refugee camp before arriving at the nearby village of Artas.
They were both buried in the al-Shuhada cemetery in Artas.
The father of al-Akhras told Ma'an that the large number of mourners prove that they had been victorious.
"We have beaten them with our word and patience," he said.
The 2002 attack by Ayat Al-Akhras gained widespread attention as it involved one of a handful of female suicide bombers.
Ayat al-Akhras, 18.