The body of an Israeli Druze youth captured by Palestinians in Jenin was returned to his family – Israeli army



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The Israeli army said on Thursday that the body of an Israeli Druze youth captured by Palestinian militants in Jenin had been handed over to his family and nothing was given in return.

“We have not negotiated in any way with the militants who have bodies,” the IDF spokesman said during the briefing. “We did not give anything in return. “I think at some point they realized that the consequences of what happened would be very heavy for the economy of Jen.”

Authorities on both sides of the conflict said on Wednesday that gunmen stormed Jenin’s hospital and seized the body of Tiran Ferro, who had been involved in a car accident in the West Bank. The armed men demanded the return of the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers.

Israel closed the entrances and exits to the city of Jenin on Wednesday after the body was seized, and reopened them on Thursday after the body was returned.

Jen’s governor, Major General Akram Rajoub, told CNN that Palestinian Authority security officials led negotiations with the gunmen holding the body.

“The PA General Intelligence Service had contact with one of the kidnappers, which facilitated the return of the body to the General Intelligence Service headquarters in Jenin,” Rajub said.

There is controversy over whether Ferro was dead or alive when gunmen entered Jenin’s hospital room and took his body.

On Wednesday, Ferro’s father told Israeli media that the teenager was alive and had been taken off life support. However, the governor of Jenin, Akram Racoub, told CNN that Ferro died when his body was taken away.

Ferro’s father said: “When we were in the hospital, we were standing in front of the intensive care unit. My son was on a ventilator and his heart was beating. I was with my brother and my son when suddenly a group of 20 masked people entered the room screaming. We stopped and there was nothing we could do.

“They ran away with the body in front of my eyes,” Ferro’s father told reporters on camera.

But Jenin’s governor, Rajoub, told CNN that Ferro’s body was dead when it was retrieved.

The Jenin Brigade, a Palestinian militant group based in a West Bank refugee camp, said in a statement obtained by CNN on Wednesday that it was holding Ferro’s body and demanded that Israel hand over all bodies of Palestinians killed by the IDF. The group also said it had raised alarm among its members ahead of the raid by Israeli forces on Jenin’s camp.

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

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