Family of HAMAS "militants" holding severed leg of Israeli soldierfrom Ananova.com via LittleGreenFootballs
A family of Hamas militants is still holding the severed leg of an Israeli commando killed four months ago in an explosion during a raid on the family's house in the Gaza Strip.
The office of the Hamas spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, says the al-Ghoul family is free to do what it wants with the remains, including opening negotiations with Israel for its return.
Israeli military sources said they were in contact with the soldier's family and with Palestinian officials.
The Palestinians have made no demands and there are no negotiations for the return of the body part, the military said.
According to Jewish religious law, all parts of the body must be properly buried.
After the June 27 battle, Hamas released footage of the aftermath, showing a destroyed house and a masked gunmen standing beside a badly mangled lower leg.
In a newspaper interview with Yassin published in the Palestinian Authority's Al Hayat al Jadida, the Hamas leader said the family targeted in the raid still had the limb. Yassin's office confirmed the report.
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UPDATE 10:56 PM Thursday
Steps Being Taken Towards Return of Soldier’s Body Parts
02:02 Oct 24, '03 / 28 Tishrei 5764
(IsraelNN.com) Steps are being taken to recover body parts of naval commando Erez Ashkenazi.
Sgt.-Maj. Ashkenazi was killed on June 27, 2003 in Gaza. The operation, which began close to 04:00 on a Friday morning, was aimed at capturing a Hamas cell believed responsible for several bombings and the firing of anti-tank missiles in the Netzarim area.
IDF commander in the Gaza Strip said the cell was planning to attack an Israeli convoy, including a civilian bus, on the Karni-Netzarim road on Friday. During the raid on the house of the terror cell leader Amran al-Rol, Amran came out armed and the soldiers shot him dead. His brother, Mahmoud, activated an explosive near a corner of the house, where Erez Ashkenazi, another soldier and the squadron's doctor were positioned. Ashkenazi died en route to hospital.
Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin announced on Wednesday that body parts belonging to the elite combatant were in the possession of a family in Gaza.