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Israel returns bodies of 3 more Palestinian terrorists

Jewish state still holding around remains of some 50 people, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

File: Palestinians gather in Hebron as PA security forces carry the bodies of two out of five Palestinians assailants released by Israel on October 30, 2015. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
File: Palestinians gather in Hebron as PA security forces carry the bodies of two out of five Palestinians assailants released by Israel on October 30, 2015. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

Israel has returned the bodies of three more Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks on Israeli targets, the Palestinian news agency Maan reported Tuesday.

The latest return saw the Palestinian Authority receive the bodies of Bassem Salah, Mazen Aribe, and Iyad Ides.

Salah, a 38-year-old Palestinian from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, stabbed a Border Police officer at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate at the end of last month, lightly wounding him. He was shot dead by officers at the scene.

Aribe, a relative of senior Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat, was killed at the beginning of this month while carrying out a shooting attack near Jerusalem.

Ides, from the West Bank city of Hebron, was shot and killed last week while trying to stab soldiers near a checkpoint with a screwdriver.

The Defense Ministry permits the return of bodies of terrorists killed at the scene by Israeli security forces on the condition that the funerals do not become mass gatherings, for fear that they will descend into violence.

Seven bodies were previously returned this week, including that of Wissam Tawabte, who killed 21-year-old Hadar Buchris last month.

According to Ma’an, Palestinians say Israel still holds some 50 bodies of terrorists killed during attacks over the past three months, some one-third from the Hebron area, which saw the highest share of attacks.

For over three months Palestinians have carried out near daily attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces including stabbings, shootings, and car ramming attacks.

More than 20 Israelis have been killed and dozens injured. Among the Palestinians, over 100 have been killed, most of them as they carried out attacks, and others in violent riots with security forces.

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