Israel hands over body of slain Palestinian woman

Days of Palestine - Ramallah

Israeli occupation authorities handed over Friday the body of slain Rehab Mohammad Hroub, a 60-year-old Palestinian woman who was shot dead by the Israeli occupation forces five days ago.

Hroub’s body was released by the Israeli occupation military and handed over to her family via the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) at the entrance to the village of Husan, near Bethlehem, after being withheld since last Sunday and for no reason.

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Hroub, who comes from the village of Wadi Fukin in the West Bank, was shot dead by the Israeli occupation army at Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem, on the said date. Her body has been withheld by the occupation army ever since.

Israeli occupation authorities have long been using the policy of withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces or settlers, claiming that funerals of Palestinians had provided grounds for “incitement” against Israel.

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Dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces are still withheld in Israeli mortuaries despite calls by human rights groups on Israel to release them.

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