Israel returns bodies of 80 Palestinians killed in Gaza: Palestinian ministry sources

AFP , Tuesday 26 Dec 2023

Israel on Tuesday returned the bodies of 80 Palestinians killed in Gaza after taking them from morgues and graves to check there were no hostages among them, sources in the territory's health ministry said.

Bulldozer carries the bodies of Palestinians killed in Gaza
Bulldozer carries the bodies of Palestinians killed in the north of the Gaza Strip and turned over by the Israeli military during a mass funeral in Rafah. AP

 

The bodes, which had been transported to Israel, were returned through the Red Cross to Hamas authorities who buried them in a mass grave in Gaza, the sources said.

An AFP photographer saw a digger lowering the blue body bags into a trench in Rafah, in the far south of the narrow territory.

Following inspection of the corpses, they were returned to the Red Cross through the Karm Abu Salem crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. They were then transported in a truck to the mass grave, the sources said.

Since October 7, more than 20,900 people have been killed in the Israeli assault on Gaza, 70% of the dead women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Some 55,000 have also been wounded.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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