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Israel releases body of Palestinian killed more than a month ago

July 8, 2017 12:52 P.M. (Updated: July 8, 2017 9:44 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities released the body of Muhannad Abu Safaqa on Friday, who was killed in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya almost two months ago after carrying out a stabbing attack.

Safaqa was a resident of the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem, and was shot and detained after he stabbed an Israeli police officer in the neck, lightly wounding the officer.

Safaqa succumbed to his wounds two days after being shot by Israeli forces.

Palestinian Civil Affairs committee said on Friday that Safaqa’s body would be released at Israeli Anab checkpoint east of Tulkarem and that they had informed Safaqa’s family of his body’s release.

Safaqa is one of 36 Palestinians to have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of the year. Eight Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time frame.

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their excessive use of force against Palestinians, during incidents which could have been handled without the use of potentially lethal violence.
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