Body of Israeli Druze captured by Palestinians in Jenin returned to his family – Israeli military



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The body of an Israeli Druz, a young man, captured by Palestinian militants in Jenin was handed over to his family, the Israeli military said Thursday, adding that they received nothing in return.

“We did not have any negotiations with the militants who had the body,” an IDF spokesman said at a briefing. “We didn’t give anything in return. I think at some point they realized that the consequences of this event would be very difficult for Jenin’s economy.”

Militants stormed a hospital in Jenin and seized the body of Tyrant Ferro, who was involved in a car accident in the West Bank, authorities on both sides of the conflict said Wednesday. The militants demanded the return of the bodies Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, they said.

Israel closed roads to and from Jenin on Wednesday after the body was seized and reopened on Thursday after it was returned.

Governor of Jenin Major. Gene. Akram Rajoub told CNN that Palestinian Authority security officials were negotiating with the militants who had the body.

“The PA General Intelligence made contact with one of the abductors, which facilitated the return of the body to the General Intelligence Headquarters in Jenin,” Rajoub said.

There is controversy over whether Ferro was alive or dead when gunmen broke into his hospital room in Jenin and took his body.

Ferro’s father told Israeli media on Wednesday that the teen was alive and off life support. But Jenin Governor Akram Rajoub told CNN that Ferro was dead when his body was taken.

Father Ferro said: “When we were in the hospital, we stood in front of the intensive care unit. My son was put on a ventilator and had a heartbeat. I was with my brother and son, suddenly a gang of 20 masked people entered the room screaming. We stood there and couldn’t do anything.

“They stole the body in front of me,” Father Ferro told reporters on camera.

But Jenin Gov. Rajoub told CNN that Ferro was dead when his body was taken.

The Jenin Brigade, a Palestinian militant group based in a West Bank refugee camp, said Wednesday in a statement obtained by CNN that it is holding Ferro’s body and demanding that Israel hand over all bodies of Palestinians killed by the IDF that are in Israeli possession. . The group also said it had raised a state of alert among its members in anticipation of an Israeli assault on the Jenin camp.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid vowed on Wednesday that “the kidnappers will pay a heavy price” if Tyrant Ferro’s body is not returned: “Israel has proven in recent months that there is no place and no terrorists that it does not know how to reach.”

Lapid said Ferro is set to celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday. He was a member of the Druze minority, community leaders told CNN.