The remains of terrorists who murdered hundreds of Israelis will be transferred to the Palestinian Authority this week as a gesture to President Mahmoud Abbas,
Ynet learned Tuesday.
According to the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al Sheikh, the list of names of the terrorists whose remains will be transferred includes the terrorists who murdered six people at Jerusalem's Cafe Hillel and
the terrorist responsible for the attack on the Savoy hotel in 1975.
Another terrorist whose remains will be transferred to the PA murdered 18 people on the no. 2 bus in the capital. The list also includes terrorists who detonated themselves aboard buses in Beersheba.
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As part of the gesture, Israel will transfer the remains of Hassan Sarhana of Hebron who blew himself up at a hitchhiking post in Ashkelon in 1996. A female soldier was killed in the attack. Israel
will also transfer the remains of Nassim Ja'abri and Ahmed al-Qawasma, the two terrorists who detonated themselves aboard two buses in Beersheba in 2004. Sixteen people were killed in the twin attacks.
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The remains of Abdullah Badran, who carried out a suicide bombing attack at the entrance to Tel Aviv's Stage nightclub
in 2005 will also be transferred (four Israelis killed), as will the body of Ramez Aslim, who carried out the suicide attack at Café Hillel in 2003. Israel will also transfer the remains of Ihab Abu Salim, who blew himself up at a hitchhiking post at the Tzrifin army base.
Another terrorist whose remains will be transferred is Hiba Dragma, the female terrorist behind the suicide attack at a mall in Afula in 2003. Three people were killed in the attack.
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terrorist who blew himself up at an open-air market in Hadera in 2005, will also be transferred to the PA. Five people were killed in that attack.
In addition, Israel will transfer the body of Labib Azam, who in July 1995 murdered five Israelis and injured 32 others when he blew himself up on the number 20 bus near Elite Junction in Ramat Gan.
The State will also transfer the bodies of the terrorists who were killed during the 1975 Savoy Hotel attack in Tel Aviv – Khader Muhammad, Ziad al-Zrir, Musa Awad, Madaha Muhammad, Muhammad al-Masri, and Ahmed Hamid, who killed eight hostages before they were taken out by Israeli commandoes.
Other bodies to be returned are those of Fadi Amoudi, who committed a suicide attack at the Erez Crossing in April 2004; Mousa Ghanimat, who committed an attack in Apropo café in Tel Aviv in March 1997; Rafik al-Qannibi, who committed a shooting attack in Tel Rumeida in 2003; Ahmad Musharka, who blew himself up at the entrance to Kedumim in 2006, killing four Israelis and Abdullah Qawasmeh, the commander of Hamas' military wing in Hebron, who was killed in 2003.
Palestinian Minister al Sheikh, who is responsible of coordinating the transfer of terrorists' bodies from Israel, said that the bodies are expected to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority on Thursday.
The bodies will be received in an official ceremony in Ramallah attended by Abbas and the Palestinian leadership.
Al Sheikh said that this will conclude the first stage of the transfer, which includes 91 bodies, adding that he does not know how and when the second stage will take place.