The Israeli authorities agreed to release the body of Mashour Al-Arouri, a Palestinian killed by Israeli troops in 1976, Palestine News Agency reported on Wednesday. The Israeli high court ruled that the body should be released after Israel kept it for 33 years for unknown reasons.The ruling came as the family appealed to the high court as part of a Palestinian national campaign to retrieve bodies of Palestinians killed by the Israeli military during resistance operations.

The body will be retrieved after the DNA checks have been conducted to confirm the identity. The ruling said, in case the body will not be retrieved for burial for technical reasons, the family will be granted permission to visit the grave, an issue that raises scepticism, since authorization to enter Israel is rarely granted to Palestinians.

Advocate Haytham el-Khatib said the family appealed to the court to visit the grave of their son in order to make sure he is dead.