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Israel returns body of slain Palestinian teen

March 9, 2019 11:17 A.M. (Updated: March 9, 2019 2:21 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities returned the body of killed Palestinian 16-year-old Samah Mubarak to her family, on Friday evening, outside of Israel's Ofer detention center in Beituniya west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces had shot and killed Mubarak, on January 30th, at the al-Zaayim checkpoint, on a road that leads to the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of occupied Jerusalem.

Israel has held Mubarak's body since the shooting, accusing her of wielding a knife in an attempt to carry out a stabbing attack against heavily armed Israeli soldiers deployed at the checkpoint.

Mubarak is from the Qaddura refugee camp in central Ramallah.

Israel has long had "cemeteries for the enemy dead," also referred to as "cemeteries of numbers," where Palestinians who died during attacks on Israelis are held in nameless graves marked by numbers.

Israel dramatically increased its policy of withholding bodies since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, although it has scaled back on the policy in recent months.

A joint statement released in 2016 by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as "a severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law, including violations of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture."
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