Palestinian gunmen seize physique of Israeli Druze teenager from Jenin hospital, demand physique swap



CNN

Palestinian gunmen stormed a hospital in Jenin and seized the physique of a younger Israeli Druze civilian who had suffered a automotive accident within the West Financial institution, authorities on each side of the battle mentioned Wednesday. The gunmen are demanding the return of the our bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops, they mentioned.

The sufferer, recognized as Tiran Ferro, was concerned within the accident on Tuesday together with one other civilian, the Israel Protection Forces (IDF) mentioned in an announcement. He’s a member of the Druze minority, group leaders informed CNN.

Ferro’s father informed Israeli media that {the teenager} was alive and had been taken off life assist at a hospital by a gaggle of Palestinian gunmen.

However Jenin Governor Akram Rajoub informed CNN that Ferro was useless when his physique was taken.

Ferro’s father mentioned: “After we had been within the hospital, we had been standing in entrance of the intensive care unit. My son was linked to the ventilator and he had a heartbeat. I used to be with my brother and my son, all of a sudden a gang of 20 masked she got here into the room screaming. We stood nonetheless and could not do something.

“They kidnapped the physique in entrance of my eyes,” Ferro’s father informed reporters on digicam.

The Jenin Brigade, a Palestinian militant group based mostly within the West Financial institution refugee camp, mentioned in an announcement obtained by CNN that it had Ferro’s physique and demanded that Israel hand over all of the our bodies of Palestinians killed by the IDF in Israeli custody. The group additionally mentioned it raised the alert amongst its members in anticipation of Israeli forces storming the Jenin camp.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid promised this Wednesday that “the abductors would pay a heavy value” if Tiran’s physique was not returned: “Israel has proven in latest months that there isn’t any place or terrorist that it doesn’t know the way to get to.”

Lapid mentioned Ferro was going to rejoice his 18th birthday on Thursday.

Tor Wennesland, the UN’s particular coordinator for the Center East peace course of, is concerned in negotiations with the Palestinian group for the discharge of Ferro’s physique again to Israel, a spokesman informed CNN.

The IDF mentioned Ferro and one other particular person entered Jenin by way of the Gilboa-Jalame crossing, which has since been closed following Wednesday’s explosions in Jerusalem.

The opposite particular person concerned within the accident was significantly injured, they added.

The IDF mentioned the physique of the deceased has been faraway from the hospital and is predicted to be returned to Israel quickly, “as a compulsory humanitarian act.”

Following Wednesday’s two blasts in Jerusalem, Israel’s Protection Ministry determined to shut the Gilboa-Jalame and Salem crossings after a safety evaluation, a spokesman for the Coordination of Authorities Actions within the Territories (COGAT) mentioned.

Tensions have been notably excessive for months in Jenin amid a rise in armed assaults on Israeli troops and civilians this yr.

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