Sources: IOF returns wrong body to killed Palestinian teenager’s family

Palestinian funeral
Palestinian funeral

Gaza Post – Israeli soldiers returned the body of a palestinian teenager who was assinated in october in the occupied west bank, his family said that it was the body of someone else according to local sources.

Sources stated that the macabre mix-up, which the occupation called it an “unfortunate mistake,” was likely to draw attention to israel’s policy of holding the remains of palestinians killed while allegedly carrying out attacks, which human rights groups say amounts to collective punishment of the bereaved families.

The occupation had intended to return the bodies of two Palestinians: Isra Khazimia and Amjad Abu Sultan – on “humanitarian grounds”. 

At the time of the alleged attacks, Khazimia was stated to have had mental health issues while Abu Sultan was a minor.

However, when they handed over the remains of Abu Sultan, his family informed the soldiers that it was the wrong body. The remains have not been publicly known.

“Upon return of the body, it was revealed that the body was identified incorrectly. This unfortunate mistake is being reviewed by the relevant authorities,” the Israeli occupation said in a statement. 

It apologised for the mistake and reported the correct remains would be returned to the family on Saturday.

The Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee, which coordinates day-to-day activities with the occupation, clarified that it was Abu Sultan’s family who noticed the body was not their son’s. The family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Abu Sultan, 14, was killed on October 14 in the occupied West Bank town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem.

Sources said that Israeli soldiers shot Abu Sultan, who was lighting a Molotov cocktail, without any warning or alert.

“Israeli forces routinely unlawfully kill Palestinian children with impunity, using excessive force and unjustified intentional lethal force,” stated Ayed Abu Eqtaish, the accountability programme director at Defense for Children International-Palestine, following Abu Sultan’s death.

Israeli occupation shot and killed Khazimia, a mother of four, in September, when she allegedly tried to stab an officer in Jerusalem’s Old City. Her remains were returned at Salem checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation banned Palestinians from gathering near the checkpoint and only allowed Khazimia’s father to be present to receive her body, in addition to an ambulance vehicle operated by just the driver.

The Israeli occupation said its policy of holding the remains of Palestinian attackers is needed to deter future attacks and for possible exchanges for the remains of two Israeli soldiers held by the Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 20.11.2021)

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