The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday refused to receive the bodies of Palestinians held by Israel as its request for DNA testing was denied, Palestinian news agency Ma'an quoted a PA minister as saying.
Israeli news agency Ynet
reported Wednesday that Israel had agreed to return the bodies as part of a deal to secure the resumption of negotiations.Hussein al-Sheikh, the PA minister for civil affairs, however, said the PA would not accept the bodies unless Israel carried out DNA testing to confirm their identities.
"Israel has leaked this news to the Israeli media because the PA refused to receive the bodies without testing and identifying them," al-Sheikh told Ma'an.
"The PA is willing to receive all the bodies of martyrs but we want to identify them," al-Sheikh added.