Israeli-Arab kidnapped in Palestinian village

October 2, 2006 21:02

An Arab-Israeli resident of Baka Al-Gharbiya on Sunday entered the Palestinian village of Nazlat 'Isa (in Area B - East of Hadera) and was kidnapped by unknown assailants, according to Israeli defense spokespeople. Baka Al-Gharbiya and Nazlat 'Isa are situated directly opposite each other either side of the Green Line. After being held in an unknown location for several hours, the man was taken out of the Palestinian village by the Red Crescent, in coordination with the IDF and West Bank Police, and delivered north to the Reihan crossing where he was transferred to Israeli authorities. Police said the man suffered from multiple stab wounds to various parts of his body. He was transferred to Hillel Yaffe hospital in Hadera in serious condition. He is refusing to cooperate with investigators, Police said. The IDF spokesperson said the incident was most likely the result of a dispute between criminals, and not a terrorist kidnapping. IDF Central Command, in a statement, said there was a standing order by OC Central Command banning travel by Israeli citizens to area A [major Palestinian cities], and a serious recommendation to avoid travel to area B [the outlying Palestinian villages between the major cities of the West Bank].

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