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The body of an Israeli Druze young man confiscated by Palestinian gunmen in Jenin has been handed over to his family, the Israeli military said on Thursday, adding that nothing in return had been given.
“We did not negotiate in any way with the gunmen who had the body,” an IDF spokesman said during a briefing. “We didn’t give anything for it. I think at some point they understood that the consequences for Jenin’s economy would have been very harsh.”
Gunmen stormed a hospital in Jenin and confiscated the body of Tiran Ferro, who was involved in a car accident in the West Bank, authorities from both sides of the conflict said on Wednesday. The gunmen demanded the return of the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, they said.
Israel closed roads in and out of Jenin on Wednesday after seizing the body and reopened them on Thursday after the body was returned.
Jenin Governor Maj-Gen Akram Rajoub told Eureka News Now that Palestinian Authority security officials had been negotiating with the gunmen holding the body.
“The PA’s General Intelligence Service had contact with one of the kidnappers, which facilitated the return of the body to General Intelligence Service headquarters in Jenin,” Rajoub said.
It is disputed whether Ferro was alive or dead when gunmen broke into his hospital room in Jenin and took his body.
Ferro’s father told Israeli media on Wednesday that the teenager was alive and had his life support turned off. But Jenin Governor Akram Rajoub told Eureka News Now that Ferro was dead when his body was taken.
Ferro’s father said: “When we were in the hospital, we were in front of the intensive care unit. My son was on a ventilator and had a heart attack. I was with my brother and son when suddenly a gang of 20 masked men entered the room screaming. We stood by and there was nothing we could have done.
“They kidnapped the body before my eyes,” said Ferro’s father in front of the camera.
But Jenin Governor Rajoub told Eureka News Now that Ferro was dead when his body was taken.
The Jenin Brigade, a Palestinian militant group based in the West Bank refugee camp, said in a Eureka News Now statement on Wednesday that it was holding Ferro’s body and called on Israel to return to Israeli possession any bodies of Palestinians killed by the IDF hand over. The group also said it had raised the state of alert among its members in anticipation of Israeli forces storming the Jenin camp.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid vowed on Wednesday that “the kidnappers would pay a heavy price” if Tiran’s Ferro’s body was not returned: “Israel has proved over the past few months that there is no place and no terrorist left does not know how to reach.”
Lapid said Ferro will celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday. He was a member of the Druze minority, community leaders told Eureka News Now.