Israeli held in Gaza is not in good health - brother

2015-07-09 13:25
A crow sits on a barbwire fence on the Mediterranean sea beach front near Kibbutz Zikim, on the Israel-Gaza border, near where Israeli Avraham Mangisto 'independently' crossed the border fence into the Gaza Strip. (Ariel Schalit, AP)

A crow sits on a barbwire fence on the Mediterranean sea beach front near Kibbutz Zikim, on the Israel-Gaza border, near where Israeli Avraham Mangisto 'independently' crossed the border fence into the Gaza Strip. (Ariel Schalit, AP)

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Jerusalem - A brother of an Israeli citizen held in the Gaza Strip is calling on the international community to exert pressure to lead to his release.

Ilan Mangisto said at a news conference on Thursday that his brother Avraham Mangisto is not in the best of health. He called the situation "a difficult humanitarian matter".

Ilan Mangisto did not elaborate on the health issue, but Israeli Channel 2 TV cited the family as saying that Avraham Mangisto was depressed following the death of his brother.

Authorities say Avraham Mangisto walked through a breach in the border fence between Israel and Gaza last September and is believed to be held by the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory.

Israeli defense officials say an Arab-Israeli citizen being held in the Gaza Strip is a Bedouin man from Israel's Negev desert.

Officials refused to say how long he has been held in Gaza or how he got there. They also would not say which group had him in custody.

Bedouin make up a small group within Israel's Arab minority, numbering about 180 000.

Israeli authorities said Thursday that two of its citizens are being held in the Gaza Strip. The other is an Israeli Ethiopian man who crossed into the Palestinian territory last September and is believed held by the Hamas militant group which rules Gaza.

Read more on:    palestine  |  israel  |  middle east peace  |  gaza

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