The remains of 18 soldiers belonging to the Ottoman Empire have been found in the West Bank, the Turkish TRT and Palestinian Ma'an news agencies reported Thursday.
According to the reports, the soldiers' remains were found in a cave near Nablus, some 92 years after their deaths. Preliminary results yielded by the remains indicate that they were killed by British soldiers in 1918.
The rare findings prompted the Nablus authorities to order a funeral march to be held in the soldiers' honor Friday, after prayer services. However the Palestinian Authority intervened and postponed the ceremony to an as yet undisclosed time.
The Palestinian leadership says the Turkish government may demand the remains and the right to hold the funerals, however Ankara has not yet commented on the matter.
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