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Israeli Press Review of 06.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 06.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Supreme Court calls on government to return bodies of Palestinian terrorists

The Supreme Court called on the Israeli government on Thursday to hand over the bodies of Palestinians killed carrying out terror attacks to their families, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The court issued a recommendation rather than a mandatory ruling, so the government could choose to disregard it, although it would risk new criticism if it did so.

Supreme Court Vice President Elyakim Rubinstein urged the police “to coordinate with the families and return the bodies of their sons before Ramadan," the holy Muslim fasting month that begins in early June.

Rights groups Adallah and Addameer had petitioned the court on behalf of nine families of terrorists whose bodies have been withheld by the security forces, some for more than six months.

Muslim custom demands that the dead be buried as soon as possible.

The court called for the bodies of the dead to be removed from mortuary freezers 48 hours before they are handed over so they are not delivered frozen. Previously families have complained of having to wait for their sons' bodies to thaw before being able to bury them.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Arrest of Hamas terror operative

A Hamas terror operative who is affiliated with the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades was arrested by Israel in early April.

He revealed a wealth of information regarding the tunnels following an interrogation.

The operative, Mohammad Atuna, 29, was arrested after crossing the border fence and in possession of two knives. He crossed with the intent of attacking Israeli forces on the border with Gaza.

He was a part of the Hamas militant wing where he worked extensively with the terror organization, including planting and preparing IEDs to use against Israeli forces. He later became extremely involved with the terror tunnels.

Among the large amount of information that he revealed about the tunnels included their routes – particularly those in the northern part of the strip, on Hamas's use of private houses and buildings to hide their tunnel construction activity, and the various methods and materials Hamas uses to physically build the tunnels

An indictment has been filed against Atuna by the Southern District Prosecutor's Office in Be'er Sheva.  

The Gazan has been in the tunnel business for almost a decade, and he detailed that there are two types of tunnels; tunnels within Gaza which are used for fighting and through which fighters can maneuver in and to outflank IDF forces, and tunnels which cross the border for the purpose of carrying out surprise attacks on IDF forces and Israeli civilians.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Palestinians launch mortars against soldiers near Gaza border

Three additional mortar rounds have been fired towards IDF forces operating in the area of the border with the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The IDF reported that there were no injuries as a result of the attack. 

Forces responded towards the source of the attacks with tank fire.

Arab media claimed that the Palestinian mortar attacks were fired towards the site of a terror tunnel that was discovered earlier on Thursday inside Israeli territory. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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