Israel Returns Body of 72-year-old Hebron Woman 45 Days after Death

The Israeli authorities on Tuesday returned the body of 72-year-old Tharwat al-Shaarawi, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in early November after she allegedly attempted to ram them with her car.

Her body was returned to her family via the Tarqumiya checkpoint, some 45 days after she was killed.

Her son, Ayyub Shaarawi, told Ma’an that she would be given the appropriate burial ceremonies, adding that her funeral would take place following Isha prayer.

Tharwat was shot dead by Israeli forces on Nov. 6 outside a gas station in Halhul in northern Hebron.

The Israeli army alleged that the 72-year-old woman attempted to run over a group of soldiers, although her family later denied this.

Israel is still holding the bodies of dozens of other Palestinians killed in recent months, including those of at least 21 Hebron-area Palestinians.

The policy of holding alleged Palestinian attackers’ bodies has further stoked tensions in the occupied West Bank, which has been engulfed by unrest since the beginning of October.


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