Israel strikes militants in Syria and Gaza after clash over body at border

Israel strikes militants in Syria and Gaza after clash over body at border

The Straits Times - World·2020-02-24 10:08

JERUSALEM (NYTIMES) - A macabre tug-of-war over the body of a Palestinian militant on the Gaza-Israel border, captured Sunday (Feb 23) on video in broad daylight, prompted a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza and was met by retaliatory Israeli airstrikes late Sunday. Israel's use of heavy machinery to retrieve a militant's body earlier in the day drew harsh criticism even within the country. But Israel's hawkish defence minister, Naftali Bennett, defended the army's seizure of the body as appropriate, suggesting it could be used as a bargaining chip to recover the remains of two Israeli soldiers who have been held in Gaza since 2014.

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