Israel Returns Body of Palestinian Militant
JERUSALEM – An Israeli military spokesman says the army has returned the remains of a Palestinian militant to the West Bank 35 years after he was killed.
Maj. Guy Inbar says Hafez Abu Zant belonged to an armed group. Israeli forces killed him in 1976 during an exchange of fire, and his remains were buried in an Israeli cemetery for enemy casualties.
Acting on a ruling by Israel's supreme court, the army handed the body over to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday.
Palestinian Authority officials say Abu Zant will be buried in an official funeral in the West Bank. They say more than 300 Palestinian militants are buried in Israeli military cemeteries. The officials say they are also negotiating with Israel for their transfer.