The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) informed the Palestinian Liaison Office of their intention to return the body of the martyr Basel al-Araj on Friday afternoon without preconditions, family sources affirmed.
Al-Araj family told the PIC reporter that the IOA announced its decision to release their son’s body today at 4 pm at Bethlehem northern checkpoint.
The family called for mass participation in the martyr’s funeral which will start from the family house in the afternoon.
Earlier Thursday, the IOA agreed on returning the martyr’s body on Friday evening on condition of burying it immediately after its release without entering the family home.
However, the family refused the Israeli conditions, insisting on their right to organize a majestic funeral procession for their son.
Al-Araj, a pharmacist and a prominent anti-occupation activist, was fatally gunned down by the Israeli occupation soldiers in a house in Ramallah last week.