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Israel to return slain Palestinian body to family in al-Duheisha refugee camp on Friday

Sept. 7, 2017 6:48 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2017 4:30 P.M.)
Raed al-Salhi
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities decided on Thursday to release the body of slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, 22, to his family in the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank district on Friday.

Palestinian liaison officials said that Israeli authorities would return the body of al-Salhi, who succumbed to gunshot wounds on Sunday sustained during a detention raid in the al-Duheisha refugee camp last month.

The announcement of his body's return came on the same day that reports emerged that a Palestinian lawyer was submitting an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court to demand the release of al-Salhi’s remains, which have been held by Israel for five days.

Al-Salhi’s body is expected to be returned to the 300 checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bethlehem on Friday evening.

Al-Salhi was shot multiple times in the chest at close range, puncturing his liver, during a predawn military raid on Aug. 9, when he was left bleeding out for an hour and a half before being transferred for treatment at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, where he fell into a coma.

He succumbed to his wounds weeks later.

During the weeks that al-Salhi remained in critical condition in the hospital his family was kept in the dark about his condition. It is common for Palestinian families not to receive any updates or information from Israeli authorities after their relatives are shot or killed by Israeli forces.

After al-Salhi was pronounced dead, his body was transferred from the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem to the Rishon Lezion hospital in central Israel.

Israel often delays the delivery of slain Palestinian bodies to their families in the occupied Palestinian territory, and imposes strict conditions on funerals, alleging that funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces leads to “incitement.”

Al-Salhi was the latest Palestinian to be killed during violent Israeli detention raids, which occur on a nightly basis in the West Bank, while scores of others have been injured.

According to Ma'an documentation, al-Salhi was the 55th Palestinian to be killed by an Israeli since the beginning of 2017. During the same time period, 13 Israelis -- almost all of whom were uniformed Israeli officers or settlers residing in Palestinian territory in violation of international law -- were killed by Palestinians.
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