The body of an Israeli teen snatched by terrorists from a hospital in the West Bank was returned to Israel early Thursday morning, averting a potentially major crisis.

The IDF confirmed his body had been returned to his family.

Tiran Fero, from the Druze-majority town of Daliyat al-Karmel, was critically injured in a car crash in Jenin and taken to a hospital in the Palestinian city on Tuesday due to his severe condition.

His family claims that Palestinian gunmen detached him from life support and grabbed him from the hospital, while initial reports indicated that he was already dead when he was taken.

His body was returned to his family in Israel after being held by terrorists in Jenin for around 30 hours.

Various Israeli media reports had suggested that intensive negotiations were underway Wednesday evening to secure the release of Fero’s body, involving those in the highest echelons of government and the security establishment in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Israel had sought a diplomatic solution to the crisis but was also preparing for a military operation to retrieve the body, Channel 13 reported.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid had said Wednesday that “if Tiran’s body is not returned, the kidnappers will pay a heavy price.”

Unnamed security officials had said that the suspects were demanding the release of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel or the bodies of deceased Palestinian terrorists being held by Israel in exchange for Fero, who was a senior in high school.

The incident infuriated the Druze community. On Wednesday night, hundreds protested in Fero’s hometown Daliyat al-Karmel, with some members of the community threatening to storm Jenin to retrieve the body themselves.

While initial reports by the IDF and Palestinian media indicated that Fero had already died when he was snatched by unidentified gunmen, comments by his uncle Wednesday morning suggested otherwise.

“They were shooting in the air and shouting in Arabic… nobody dared to stop them,” Edri Fero told the Kan public broadcaster. “They disconnected him from the machines and tossed him into a car.”

Edri said Tiran “had traveled to Jenin to fix his car with a friend,” and was involved in a car crash, adding that “he must have lost control of the vehicle on the way there.”

Several Palestinian sources had indicated that Tiran’s body was being held in the Jenin Refugee Camp. Palestinians had set up barricades around the city in anticipation of an IDF raid.

On Wednesday morning, COGAT, the military’s liaison to the Palestinians announced that the Jalamah and Salem checkpoints in the northern West Bank would be shuttered until further notice following the incident.

The Jenin area has been seen as a major hotspot for terror in recent months and the Palestinian Authority is believed to be losing control of the area.

Palestinian gunmen, mostly in the northern West Bank, have repeatedly targeted troops conducting arrest raids, as well as military posts, soldiers operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

The incident in Jenin came as the military pressed on with a major anti-terror offensive mostly focused on Jenin and Nablus, to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that have left 29 people in Israel and the West Bank dead since the start of the year.

The operation has netted more than 2,000 arrests in near-nightly raids but has also left over 130 Palestinians dead, many of them — though not all — while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.

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The body of an Israeli teen snatched by terrorists from a hospital in the West Bank was returned to Israel early Thursday morning, averting a potentially major crisis.

The IDF confirmed his body had been returned to his family.

Tiran Fero, from the Druze-majority town of Daliyat al-Karmel, was critically injured in a car crash in Jenin and taken to a hospital in the Palestinian city on Tuesday due to his severe condition.

His family claims that Palestinian gunmen detached him from life support and grabbed him from the hospital, while initial reports indicated that he was already dead when he was taken.

His body was returned to his family in Israel after being held by terrorists in Jenin for around 30 hours.

Various Israeli media reports had suggested that intensive negotiations were underway Wednesday evening to secure the release of Fero’s body, involving those in the highest echelons of government and the security establishment in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Israel had sought a diplomatic solution to the crisis but was also preparing for a military operation to retrieve the body, Channel 13 reported.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid had said Wednesday that “if Tiran’s body is not returned, the kidnappers will pay a heavy price.”

Unnamed security officials had said that the........

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