Israel says two citizens being held by Hamas in Gaza

0
102
The mother of Avraham Mangisto cries outside their home in the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
Two Israeli citizens are being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, a situation that could lead to demands for a prisoner exchange between Israel and the Islamist militant group.
Hamas, which took control of the Palestinian coastal enclave in 2007 and fought three wars with Israel since then, declined to confirm or deny it had the captives.
"We are working for the return of the two Israelis who crossed the border into Gaza," Netanyahu said in a statement, confirming information that has been restricted by the Israeli military censor since last September.
"We hold Hamas responsible for their safety."
Israel\’s Defense Ministry identified one of those held as Abraham Mentis, 26, an Israeli of Ethiopian origin. The other is an Israeli Arab who was not named.
 
The ministry said it believed Mentis, a resident of Ashkelon, a city close to the Gaza border, had crossed into the coastal territory on foot on Sept. 7, 2014. It gave no details on how or when the Israeli Arab had entered the territory.
SOURCE: REUTERS

Leave a reply

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close