Israel to hand over two female terrorists’ bodies
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Israel to hand over two female terrorists’ bodies

Tharwat al-Sha’arawi, 72, tried to ram her car into soldiers; Maram Ramiz Hassouna, 19, tried to stab IDF officer

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

File: Security forces attend the scene of an attempted stabbing by a Palestinian teen in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on December 13, 2015 (screen capture)
File: Security forces attend the scene of an attempted stabbing by a Palestinian teen in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on December 13, 2015 (screen capture)

Israel is to hand over the bodies of two female Palestinian terrorists to their families, Sky News Arabic reported Tuesday.

Tharwat al-Sha’arawi, 72, a widow from the West Bank city of Hebron whose husband was killed in the first intifada, was shot by troops as she tried to ram her car into IDF soldiers at the Halhul Junction near Hebron in early November.

She later died in the hospital.

Maram Ramiz Hassouna, 19, from Nablus, was shot dead on December 1 as she reportedly tried to stab an IDF officer at a checkpoint adjacent to the Einav settlement in the northern West Bank.

Israel on Friday handed over the body of 16-year-old Hadil Wajia Awad, who was killed on November 23 when she and her cousin, 14-year-old Nurhan Awad, stabbed and wounded an elderly Palestinian man on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, believing him to be Jewish.

Awad’s body was returned to her family following government approval, the IDF said. The body was driven Friday afternoon to the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israel’s 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.

Also Friday, the family of Arab Israeli terrorist Muhanad Alukabi, from the Negev Bedouin village of Hura, was also informed that his body would be returned to them, the Walla website reported. Alukabi killed an IDF soldier and wounded 11 others in an October 18 terror attack at Beersheba central bus station. He was buried late Saturday in a nighttime funeral in Hura.

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