The body of a Jordanian charged with murdering an Italian activist left Gaza on Friday through the Erez crossing on Israel’s border, officials said.
The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated with the Gaza government to return Abdul-Rahman Al-Breizat’s body to Jordan via Israel, sources in the Palestinian liaison office told Ma’an.
Al-Breizat died Tuesday during a raid on a building in the Gaza Strip suspected of housing the killers of Vittorio Arrigoni.
The Hamas-run interior ministry said that Al-Breizat shot himself during the raid, after throwing a grenade at two others also suspected of killing Arrigoni.
Al-Breizat’s father said Hamas killed his son.
“It does not make sense that he killed himself. Islam forbids that. They killed him,” Mohammad Al-Breizat said Tuesday in Amman.
“My son used to read the Koran, pray and fast Ramadan. We do not know what to do now. If we are officially informed of his death, the family will meet to decide,” he told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
Arrigoni was found hanged in a northern Gaza home on April 15, hours after he was kidnapped by a group demanding the release of Salafi prisoners. The group posted a video online Thursday saying Arrigoni would be executed if the prisoners were not released within 30 hours.
It was unclear why they killed their hostage before the expiry of the deadline.