On Thursday, Israel released the remains of 91 Palestinians, killed in prison, in bombings, and while resisting the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories, but the remains of one Palestinian man, whose family lives in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was not handed to his family, but was sent instead to the Gaza Strip. Among the remains of the 91 persons, twelve were sent to their parents in Gaza, the remains of 78 West Bank Palestinians were sent to the West Bank, yet, the remains of Ahmad Az-Zagharna, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, were sent to Gaza after Israel refused to send his remains to his family, as an act of punishment.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said that Az-Zagharna was one of its members, and demanded Israel act in compliance with International Law, and allow the remains back so that his family can bury him in Hebron.

Az-Zagharna was killed on May 18 1976, when his cell exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers and officers at the Al-Hamra illegal settlement in the Jordan Valley; Hafeth Abu Zant and Mash-hour Al-Aroury were also killed; several Israeli soldiers were killed and wounded in the attack.

Israel has the so-called Numbers Graveyards, where it buries the remains of Arab and Palestinian fighters, and attaches a number to each grave.

The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah held an official military ceremony, honoring the memory of the slain Palestinians, and wrapped their coffins with Palestinian flags.

In Gaza, the Hamas-run Authority also held an official ceremony honoring the remains and memory of twelve.

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