the body of an Israeli youth kidnapped in Jenin returned to his family

the body of an Israeli youth kidnapped in Jenin returned to his family

the body of an Israeli youth kidnapped in Jenin returned to his family

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More than 24 hours after being abducted from the hospital by Palestinians, the body of an Israeli Druze, Tiran Fero, 18, killed in a car accident on Tuesday, November 22 in Jenin, has finally been returned to his family. He was transferred this morning, after intense mediation efforts. As to whether the young Druze died before or after the abduction, ” there are so many versions, it is difficult to define exactly what happened there, it is still under investigation an Israeli army officer told reporters.

With our correspondent in Ramallah, Alice Froussard

According to a senior Fatah official, the body was being held in the Jenin refugee camp, and the gunmen behind the kidnapping believed that Tiran Fero was a soldier working undercover. After conversations for a good part of the night, the delivery of the body of the young Druze was possible after the mediation of the intelligence services of the Palestinian Authority, in their desire to settle the matter as soon as possible. Discussions also took place in the afternoon between Palestinian intelligence chief Majed Faraj and senior figures from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The fear of retaliation

Israel claims to have negotiated nothing, not to have given any consideration in exchange for the body. Yaïr Lapid, Israeli Prime Minister, had instead threatened severe reprisals against the Palestinians responsible for this kidnapping, considering large-scale military action. On Wednesday evening, November 23, near the checkpoint at the entrance to Jenin, the Druze community demonstrated and threatened the Palestinians with revenge.

The group claiming responsibility for this kidnapping wanted to exchange the body of the young Druze for the bodies of Palestinians killed by the army and held by Israel. On the streets of Jenin, a small handful of residents took the opportunity to march on Wednesday night with photos of their murdered relatives, whose bodies are still being held, seizing the attention to also demand restitution.

The practice of immobilizing bodies is against international law

Since 2016, 118 Palestinian bodies have not been returned and more than 250 have already been buried without allowing families to perform their prayers, rites or collect themselves, in what Palestinians call “the cemetery of numbers” because there is no name. . there: the dead are buried and enumerated using numbers. While the Geneva Convention stipulates that parties to an armed conflict must bury each other’s dead honorably, the Israeli security cabinet has decided that it is nonetheless possible to retain the bodies of all accused murdered Palestinians. of having organized attacks against Israelis. .

According to sources in Jenin, although the return of the bodies is an important point, there was little local support for this type of kidnapping, as residents feared a brutal crackdown and ” collective punishment “especially after the announcement of new restrictions and the closure of the Salem and Jalameh checkpoints near Jenin. The checkpoints were reopened this Thursday, November 24, after the return of the body.

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