The body of a Palestinian woman regarded by Arabs as a heroine of the resistance after she led a bus hijacking in Israel 30 years ago was among the bodies handed over in a prisoner swap on Wednesday.
Dalal al-Moghrabi lead a raid in March 1978.
The 11-member commando group entered Israel by sea and hijacked a bus driving to Tel Aviv from the northern port city of Haifa, shooting at other vehicles along the way.
Moghrabi and another seven commandos were killed in a battle with Israeli soldiers after her group blew up the bus. Another two were arrested and the fate of another, Yehya Skaff, remains unknown.
Israeli Defence Minister and former premier Ehud Barak was a member of the security force that killed the group and photographs of him disarming Moghrabi's dead body appeared in papers around the world.
"As a Palestinian, Dalal wanted to be buried in Palestine," her younger brother Shadi, 31, said.
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"It was her most cherished wish and it came true for a period of time," he said the day before her remains were to return to Lebanon.
"We are happy to finally be able to touch her coffin," he said adding that she will be buried in Beirut's Martyrs Cemetery "until the day she can return to Palestine".
Born in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and a Palestinian father, Mughrabi led a secret life as a guerrilla in Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. Before leaving the family home for the last time, she handed her mother a portrait photo of herself.
"She said 'take this picture'. I felt great sadness and distress. I asked myself 'why has she brought me this,'?" said her mother, 70-year-old Aminah Ismail. "As she got further away she kept looking back and waving goodbye. She crossed the road and she was still waving to me."
Sultan Aboul Einein, a Fatah official and veteran guerrilla, said as many as 150 of the dead were former Fatah fedayeen who would have made the same choice as Mughrabi.
"They represent an historic, essential stage in our struggle," he said. "They all fought for Palestine and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state."
"Upon their arrival they will have a temporary burial until their burial in Palestine."