Palestinians gather at Al Muqatah to welcome the return of the bodies of 79 Palestinians which had been held in an Israeli cemetery. The president laid wreaths on 79 coffins, draped in Palestinian flags.
The release of Palestinian remains, some held for decades in unnamed graves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was slated by Israeli officials as a goodwill "gesture" to President Mahmoud Abbas.
The president, Mahmoud Abbas, laid wreaths on 79 coffins, draped in Palestinian flags, at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah at a military ceremony on Thursday afternoon.
General Mufti Muhammad Hassan prayed over the bodies, before relatives took their remains for burial. Seventeen bodies will be buried in a mass grave in Ramallah because their families could not be identified, the minister of detainee affairs Issa Qaraqe said earlier.