Jerusalem — The Israeli army said Thursday that it will return the body of an Israeli teenager taken from a West Bank hospital by Palestinian militants to his family.
According to relatives of 17-year-old Tiran Pero, Palestinian militants entered the hospital where Pero sought treatment after a car accident in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. According to his father, he was disconnected from the hospital equipment and taken out of the hospital while he was still alive. According to the Israeli military, Pero was already dead when he was abducted.
Pero belonged to the Druze Arab minority in Israel.
The incident threatened to inflame already simmering tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian militants have carried out kidnappings in the past to demand concessions from Israel.
More than 130 Palestinians have died this year in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, making 2022 the deadliest year since 2006.
The fighting has flared since a series of Palestinian attacks in the spring killed 19 people in Israel.
According to the Israeli army, most of the Palestinians killed were militants. But stone-throwing youths who protested the incursions and others who did not take part in the confrontation were also killed.
Another eight Israelis have died in recent weeks in more Palestinian attacks. A teenager was killed and at least 18 people were injured in twin explosions at two bus stops in Jerusalem on Wednesday.