2 Israeli citizens held in Gaza

2015-07-09 10:10

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities say two Israeli citizens are being held in the Gaza Strip, at least one of them by the Hamas militant group.

The Israeli defence body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs said Avraham Mangisto crossed the border fence into the Gaza Strip on September 7 last year, nearly two weeks after the end of the Israel-Gaza war.

The Co-ordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said that "according to credible intelligence," Mangisto is being held "against his will" by Hamas. It said "Israel has appealed [to] international and regional interlocutors to demand his immediate release and verify his well-being".

COGAT said the second Israeli citizen being held in Gaza is an Arab citizen of Israel. It provided no further details.

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