Monday, 3 February 2014

Thousands attend funeral for remains returned to Bethlehem

Thousands of people attended the funeral, on Monday, of two Palestinians whose remains were returned, by Israel, a day earlier.

Ma'an News Agency reports that, on Sunday, relatives gathered at the Tarqumia checkpoint, southwest of Hebron, late Sunday to receive the remains of Ayat al-Akhras, from Duheisha refugee camp, and Daoud Abu Swayy, from the village of Artas.

Al-Akhras, 18, died in 2002 after she detonated an explosive belt outside a supermarket in West Jerusalem, killing herself, 17-year-old Rachel Levy, and a security guard.

Abu Swayy, 46, died after detonating an explosive belt in West Jerusalem outside of the David Citadel Hotel. Three people were injured in the blast. more

Gaza families visit relatives jailed in Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of family members from the Gaza Strip visited relatives jailed in Israel on Monday, an official from the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Nasser al-Najjar told Ma'an that 84 people, including 17 children, left the coastal enclave via the Erez, or Beit Hanoun, crossing to visit 40 Palestinians detained in Israel's Ramon prison. more