Photograph may hold key to location of four kidnapped Gazans in Sinai

"I see the world through my son's eyes; his abduction has turned my life into a living hell." mother of kidnapped Gazan in Sinai says.

September 11, 2016 18:35
1 minute read.
Rafah border crossing

A Gaza woman waits at Rafah for a travel permit to cross into Egypt, June 14.. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A photograph supposedly showing two out of four missing Gazans has surfaced from an Egyptian security facility in Cairo, according to a report by Al Jazeera.

The four members of the Hamas naval commando unit were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen outside of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in August 2015.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The incident recently resurfaced after a photograph was leaked that appears to show Abdeldaim Abu Lebdah and his friend Yasser Zanoun in a Cairo security facility.

Abu Lebdah was on course to start his postgraduate engineering studies in Turkey when the gunman stopped the bus that he and three others boarded after leaving the Rafah crossing.

Abdeldaim's mother, Umm Abdeldaim Abu Lebdah, told Al Jazeera "I see the world through my son's eyes; his abduction has turned my life into a living hell."

"It is really mysterious that the bus was ambushed while it was escorted by Egyptian soldiers, and in an area that fully lies under Egyptian sovereignty," Mohammed Abu Libdah, Abdeldaim's uncle, said to Al Jazeera.

The crisis increased tensions between Hamas, who controls the Gaza Strip, and Egypt. Egyptian authorities have denied involvement in the incident and have blamed armed groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula.

Hamas in recent months sent a delegation to Cairo regarding the four men but received no information about their location.

Hamas official Yahia Mousa said "the Egyptian attitude suggests that Hamas must pay a price in return for any information regarding the men."

An anonymous security official claimed the kidnapping to be the work of the Province of Sinai who is affiliated with ISIS in order to release 50 Egyptian Islamists held in Gazan prisons.

The families of the four have held multiple protests in an effort to raise awareness and force the Palestinian Authority to step in.

In December, PA President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the former Justice Minister, Saleem al-Saqqa, to step down after he asked for the Egyptians to open an investigation regarding the four men.

Last June, an Egyptian court overturned a previous ruling classing Hamas as a terrorist group. This raised questions regarding the warming relations between Egypt and Hamas.

Related Content

A general view shows the town of Khorog, Tajikistan
August 16, 2018
Young couple trying to prove human kindness killed by ISIS