Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Incident: Abductions (and other), West Bank Gaza

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.


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