Palestinian gunmen seize body of Israeli Druze teen from hospital in Jenin and demand body exchange



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Palestinian gunmen stormed a hospital in Jenin and seized the body of a young Israeli Druze citizen who had been in a car accident in the West Bank, authorities on both sides of the conflict said Wednesday. The gunmen are demanding the return of the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, they said.

The victim, identified as Tiran Ferro, was involved in the accident along with another civilian on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement. He is a member of the Druze minority, community leaders told CNN.

Ferro’s father told Israeli media that the teenager was alive and killed in a hospital by a group of Palestinian gunmen.

But Jenin governor Akram Rajoub told CNN Ferro was dead when his body was taken.

Ferro’s father said: “When we were in the hospital, we were in intensive care. My son was on a ventilator and had a heartbeat. I was with my brother and my son, suddenly a gang of 20 masked men entered the room screaming. We stood by and there was nothing we could have done.

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

The Jenin Brigade, a Palestinian militant group based in the West Bank refugee camp, said in a statement obtained by CNN that it held Ferro’s body and demanded that Israel hand over all the bodies of Palestinians killed by the IDF and placed in Israel’s territory. were owned. The group also said it had raised the state of alert among its members in anticipation of Israeli troops storming the Jenin camp.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid vowed on Wednesday that “the kidnappers would pay a heavy price” if Tiran’s body was not returned: “Israel has proved in recent months that there is no place and no terrorist it cannot reach.”

Lapid said Ferro would celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday.

Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, is involved in negotiations with the Palestinian group for the release of Ferro’s body back to Israel, a spokesman told CNN.

The IDF said Ferro and another person had entered Jenin through the border crossing between Gilboa and Jalame, which has since been closed following Wednesday’s explosions in Jerusalem.

The other person involved in the accident was seriously injured, she added.

The IDF said the body of the deceased has been removed from the hospital and is expected to be returned to Israel soon, “as a required humanitarian act”.

Following Wednesday’s two blasts in Jerusalem, Israel’s Defense Ministry has decided to close the Gilboa-Jalame and Salem border crossings following a security review, a spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said.

Tensions in Jenin have been particularly high for months amid a spate of armed attacks on Israeli troops and civilians this year.

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