Israel to release remains of Nablus man killed in 2002
Published Thursday 06/02/2014 (updated) 07/02/2014 20:54
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will return the body of a young Palestinian man to his family next week after having kept it for nearly 12 years, as part of a larger repatriation of Palestinian bodies by Israel.
Israeli human rights group Center for the Defense of the Individual (HaMoked) said that the body of Habash Hanani from Beit Furik near Nablus will be delivered at 8 p.m. on Tuesday to al-Taybeh crossing, following the completion of necessary DNA tests.
Hanani was killed on May 28, 2002 after he opened fire near the illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar near Nablus in the West Bank, killing three settlers and wounding two.
The attack came at the height of the Second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising in the 2000s against the decades-long Israeli occupation.
Since the late 1960s, Israel has withheld the bodies of hundreds of Palestinians. Their bodies are interred in numbered, rather than named, graves in four cemeteries created for that purpose, the biggest of which is located in the Jordan Valley.
So far this year, a number of Palestinian families have received the remains of relatives who were killed by Israeli forces and whose bodies had been held in Israel, and the number is expected to increase.