Israel Army Refuses to Return Body of Palestinian Shot by Soldiers

Eyewitnesses claim he accidentally pressed the gas pedal and rammed into soldiers. The army doesn't consider him an assailant, but won't return the body

Amira Hass
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Israel is still holding the body of Hamdan al-Arda, a 59-year-old businessman killed a week ago in the West Bank by Israeli troops who suspected him of committing a vehicle-ramming attack.

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Palestinians in touch with Israeli authorities say the army knows that Al-Arda did not intend to run over soldiers in the Al-Bireh industrial zone near Ramallah on December 13. The family and Palestinians officials say they were twice promised that the body would be returned this week, but that has yet to happen.

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