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Israel to bury martyr Oweisat in cemeteries of numbers

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Bulk366OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PNIC):-Hebrew media sources on Thursday reported that Israel's Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan had requested that an order be issued to bury the body of the Palestinian martyr Aziz Oweisat, who died about two weeks ago, in the so-called "cemeteries of numbers".

Israel Hayom newspaper said that this request was submitted by Erdan to Israel's Minister of War Avigdor Lieberman.

This request came a few days after the Israeli authorities refused to hand over Oweisat's body to his family with the aim of putting more pressure on Hamas to reveal information about the Israeli soldiers captured in Gaza.

Oweisat's family had filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the return of their son's body.

Oweisat suffered severe bleeding and a heart attack after he was violently beaten by Israeli guards in Eshel prison on 2nd May.

Oweisat, a resident of Jabal al-Mukabber town south of Jerusalem, was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Israeli occupation authorities still detain the bodies of 249 Palestinian martyrs in the cemeteries of numbers and 10 martyrs in mortuaries and refuse to hand them over to their families.

Cemeteries of numbers are closed military cemeteries where Israel holds the remains of some Palestinian and Arab martyrs killed by its forces. The graves are marked with numbers rather than names. Neither the martyrs' families nor human rights organizations are allowed access to these cemeteries.

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