Preparations made to receive martyrs held in Israeli Cemetery of Numbers

[ 04/07/2011 – 09:23 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinians are fully prepared to receive 84 of the country’s martyrs buried at Israel’s secret Cemetery of Numbers, the national campaign to retrieve the bodies of the martyrs has announced.

Negotiations with Israel have led to an initial agreement to release 84 of the 334 Palestinians held at the four secret graveyards known as the Cemetery of Numbers, the campaign’s coordinator Salim Khulla told the Palestinian Information Center.

The preparations include a national ceremony and the formation of a medical board that will examine the bodies and ascertain their identities before releasing them to their families.

The simple graveyards were created by Israeli authorities to bury Palestinian war victims. Bare graves are surrounded by stones and have metal plates with numbers for identification. The numbers are coordinated with secret files of Israeli security officials. The files have details of each body.

Khulla said understandings reached with Israel would ensure the release of more batches of bodies.

Among the martyrs are a number of prominent fighters from the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, and martyrdom operations.

Source:  PIC

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