3 April 2002

Mass burial of Palestinians despite IDF facilitation of orderly burials
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Two days ago, during the course of cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian civilian elements in Ramallah, the Palestinians were given the opportunity to arrange for the proper burial of their dead. During the two days since these arrangements were allowed for, no word was received from the Palestinian coordination elements.

The IDF allows for the burial of the dead during the lifting of curfews, but today, after the curfew was temporarily lifted, the Palestinians chose to bury their dead in a mass grave, and not in individual graves as the IDF had allowed.

In this sensitive case, as with other matters, the Palestinians are trying to create a provocation, and as a result have brought suffering on the civilian Palestinian population.