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Israel to bury withheld bodies of Palestinian alleged attackers in cemetery of numbers


RAMALLAH, Thursday, October 31, 2019 (WAFA) - Israeli Prosecution informed today attorney of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Mohammad Mahmoud, that they intend to bury the withheld bodies of martyrs Mesbah Abu Sbeih and Fadi Qanbar in what is known as “numbered cemeteries” during the next few days.

The commission in statement said the Israeli prosecution will inform the attorney and the martyrs’ families of the numbers of their graves.

The commission condemned, in the strongest terms this “barbaric policy”, saying that this racist and extremist decision, which reek of terrorism and hatred, came in line with the decision of the so-called Israeli Supreme Court issued two months ago, which allows the Israeli authorities to continue to withhold the bodies of martyrs in violation of human rights and foundations of international law.

Sbaih was killed by Israel in 2016 after his alleged involvement in a shooting attack that killed two Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, while Qanbar was killed in 2017 after an alleged truck ramming attack that left four soldiers killed in Jerusalem.

The National Campaign for Retrieval of the Bodies of Palestinian and Arab War Victims held by Israel in an open letter sent to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on September 5, said that since 1967, Israel has applied an inconsistent policy of refusing to deliver the mortal remains of hundreds of Palestinian combatants to their families.”

The dead were buried in what Israel refers to as “cemeteries for enemy combatants,” in mass clandestine graves located in areas designated as closed military zones and referred to as “cemeteries of numbers,” since the deceased are buried there anonymously with numbers etched onto metal placards attached to their corpses or remains.


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