Israel to hand over Palestinian terrorists’ bodies – report

A Palestinian Authority agency dealing with prisoners in Israeli prisons says Israel has agreed to hand over to their families for burial the bodies of an unspecified number of Palestinian terrorists killed during their attacks on Israelis.

The first body will be handed over on Wednesday, a statement says. It is reportedly that of Muhammad Jamal al-Kalouti, 21, from Kafr Aqab in East Jerusalem, who shot at a Jerusalem light rail car on March 9 near the Old City’s New Gate, seriously wounding one Israeli.

Israel has refused to hand over bodies when it suspects the burial will be an occasion for mass demonstrations in support of further terror attacks. It conditions the handovers on families agreeing to hold quiet, nighttime funerals.

— Dov Lieber

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