A big-scale worldwide diplomatic effort befell to safe the discharge of the physique of Tiran Fero, a Druze teenager whose stays had been snatched by terrorists from a hospital within the West Financial institution this week, in keeping with a report Thursday.
Citing Israeli and Western sources, Walla information reported that UN Center East Envoy Tor Wennesland even made an enchantment to the leaders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in Damascus.
United States Safety Coordinator Gen. Michael Penzel was additionally concerned in coordinating with the Palestinian Authority, the report stated, noting that PA safety companies had been ordered to try to facilitate the return of the physique.
Fero was critically injured in a automotive crash in Jenin and brought to a hospital within the Palestinian metropolis on Tuesday, the place he died and his physique was snatched by unidentified gunmen.
An Israeli official advised the information web site that the pinnacle of the armed group that kidnapped Fero’s physique was associated to the at present jailed chief of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, Zakaria Zubeidi, however he was affiliated with PIJ.
The official famous that one other member of the family of the chief of the group had lately been killed in a conflict with IDF forces, and stated his physique was being held by Israel.
Safety officers stated that the suspects had been demanding the discharge of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel or the our bodies of deceased Palestinian terrorists being held by Israel in change for Fero, who was a senior in highschool.
Within the background of the diplomacy was a warning from Israel and the IDF that if the physique was not returned, Israel would launch a large-scale operation within the West Financial institution, the report stated.
“Everybody understood that it may have been a massacre,” a Western diplomat advised the information web site.
In the meantime, Wennesland reportedly mulled an instantaneous go to to Jenin, however PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj advised him it was pointless, the diplomat stated.
Wennesland then made contact with PIJ chief in Damascus Ziad Nakhaleh to demand the physique be launched, however the latter denied that his group was concerned within the kidnapping.
Nonetheless, in keeping with the report citing officers, Nakhaleh then referred to as the armed cell himself and warned them to launch the physique instantly.
“Nakhaleh understood that this incident may result in a broad battle that didn’t go well with the PIJ on the present time,” the Western diplomat stated, in keeping with the report.
The physique was handed over to PA intelligence officers, who later introduced it to the Salem checkpoint, the place it was handed over to Fero’s household. Hours later, he was laid to relaxation.
1000’s of mourners walked in Fero’s funeral procession, in his majority-Druze hometown of Daliyat al-Karmel in northern Israel, on what would have been his 18th birthday.
Although his household claimed that Palestinian gunmen indifferent him from life assist after they grabbed him from the hospital, the navy and a senior protection supply insisted he was already lifeless when he was taken.
His physique was held for round 30 hours.
Israel didn’t give something in change for the physique, a senior protection supply advised reporters Thursday morning, talking on situation of anonymity.
“We held no negotiations with those that had been holding the physique. We gave nothing in return,” the supply stated. “We clarified that this physique was going again to the household. The Palestinian Authority put stress to finish the saga rapidly as a result of it was embarrassed, and in Jenin, the abductors misplaced assist after the general public understood it will be paying a heavy monetary worth.”
Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report.