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Funerals held for Palestinians killed in months of violence

Eighteen-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed and his parents fatally injured in the July 31 firebombing. The indictment named Amiram Ben-Uliel, a 21-year-old West Bank settler, as the main suspect in the attack. A minor was charged as an adjunct. Thirteen other Israeli Jews, a lot of them minors, were also indicted for hate crimes, including assaulting a Palestinian, vandalism of Arab property and setting fire to a church.

Israel handed over to their families Friday the bodies of 23 Palestinians killed during recent attacks on Israelis, the army said, in an apparent bid to ease tensions. Ali’s 4-year-old brother Ahmad survived.

The transfer marked the largest handover yet in three months of Palestinian stabbing, vehicle ramming and shooting attacks against Israelis in which numerous attackers themselves have been killed.

Israel does not always immediately return the bodies of slain attackers. Most of the others were killed in clashes with security forces.

But for months, Palestinians watched angrily as the case remained unsolved, intensifying a feeling of skewed justice in the occupied territory, where suspected Palestinian militants are prosecuted under a separate system of military law that gives them few rights.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces since a wave of violence erupted in early October.

Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli troops during a funeral procession in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on January 1, 2016.

Israeli soldiers used rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and sound bombs during the confrontation, leaving a young Palestinian man moderately wounded, the source added.

Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of al-Aqsa. “They would not have launched an investigation were it not for the worldwide pressure on them”, he said, accusing the government of effectively “support(ing) the terrorism conducted by (West Bank) settlers against our people”.

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