Bodies of Palestinian assailants transferred to West Bank

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has transferred almost two dozen bodies of Palestinians it says were involved in violence over the past few months to their families in the West Bank.

The army says 23 bodies were handed over on Friday. Most were handed over in Hebron, where many of the Palestinian attackers have come from.

In October, Israel began withholding the bodies of suspected attackers as a tactic meant to crack down on the violence.

There have been almost daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers over the past three and a half months. Palestinian attacks have claimed 21 lives on the Israeli side. At least 131 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, 90 of them identified by Israel as assailants, the rest died in clashes with security forces.

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