ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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Druze frustration reported, as no progress made on returning body held by Palestinian gunmen

Tiran Fero. (Courtesy)
Tiran Fero. (Courtesy)

Tensions and frustrations are increasing in Israel’s Druze community, with no apparent progress made on efforts to retrieve the body of community member Tiran Fero, 18, whose body was kidnapped last night from a Jenin hospital by Palestinian gunmen.

The gunmen have since demanded a deal that would see Fero’s body returned in exchange for Israel releasing the bodies of dead Palestinian assailants it has not returned to their families.

Hundreds of residents of Fero’s hometown, Daliyat al-Karmel, have marched in solidarity with the family, demanding his body’s release for burial.

Reports are indicating that efforts to broker a quick agreement are faltering, with the matter possibly set to drag on.

Meanwhile, in Jenin, hundreds of Palestinians have similarly marched in support of the gunmen holding the body, demanding the release of attackers’ bodies held by Israel.

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