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Thousands attend funeral after Israel returns bodies to Bethlehem
Published Monday 03/02/2014 (updated) 05/02/2014 22:44
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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.
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1 ) IZZY / Usa
03/02/2014 18:30
whats with the ski masks

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
03/02/2014 20:50
Two war criminals who committed crimes against humanity. These two murderers should be the shame of Palestine.

3 ) ABE / USA
03/02/2014 21:11
I'm sorry but I have a completly different definition of Winning!

4 ) Johnny benson / USA
03/02/2014 21:30
Wasted lives for all...victims and killers....all so sad....this this craziness all in the Koran?.....I wonder ?....likely not...any answers out there?

5 ) Arnold / Canada
03/02/2014 23:51
I too would be happy to have the remains of my children returned. What I do not comprehend is the thought that the return of the remains is a victory. A victory of what ? Palestine over Israeli ? Arab over Jew ?

6 ) Iman Abd Al Sabur / Qatar
05/02/2014 14:42
which is the ultimate sacrifice, no going back. The West has 'War Memorials' to the 'Glorious Dead', in some ways these funerals & statements like this are like those war memorials. The martyrs are remembered for their sacrifice, with gratitude. Put this in the context of modern warfare & maybe you will understand. Killing is killing, what upsets the West is how the killing is done. Israel has F16's, Bombs, Apache, etc, what does Palestine have? Neither condone nor condem, go forward for peace.
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