An Israeli raid on a Palestinian prison in attempt to seize a known militant has set off protests and other security incidents in Gaza. Enraged that U.S. and British monitors left the prison prior to the raid (likely assuming complicity with the Israelis), militant groups struck out against foreigners. A Swiss ICRC delegate was abducted
in Khan Yunis and currently is being held. An American teacher was kidnapped
in Jenin and then released. There are reports
that other foreign nationals have been abducted. In addition to the abductions, other security incidents occurred including a building used by the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services being stormed
by militants and a convoy transporting individuals out of Gaza fired upon
This is a classic example of how a single incident not associated with humanitarian activities can have reaching implications.