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Palestinians Asked to Turn over Suspects

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Israel has formally asked the Palestinian Authority to hand over seven Palestinians suspected of killing or attacking Israelis.

Justice Minister David Libai made the request Wednesday at a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart, Freih Abu Medein, at the Erez checkpoint in Gaza.

Speaking at a news conference afterward, Medein said the Palestinians would review the request.

Under the Cairo pact signed in May 1994 by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel can seek the extradition of Palestinians who seek refuge in the self-rule areas after being suspected of attacking Israelis.

Relatedly, Medein asked that Israel look into the alleged kidnapping of four residents of the Gaza Strip. He said three of them were later convicted by Israel of involvement in the murder of Israelis.

He also asked Israel to investigate what he called “the massacre” of 400 Palestinian civilians in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip during the 1956 Sinai Campaign.

Egypt demanded a similar inquiry.

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