Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped two Palestinian workers in Johr Al-Deik in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Obaid, 27, and his cousin Ra'ouf Obaid, 17, were taken on Tuesday morning while they were collecting scrap metal close to the Palestine-Israel border.
Family sources confirmed that the two are missing and they have had no contact with them. No information has been given about their whereabouts, or the reason for the kidnapping.
Israel imposes a 300-metre buffer zone inside Palestinian territory along the whole border. This should have been removed following the truce with Hamas which brought Israel's 8-day offensive against Palestinian civilians to an end last November.
In the occupied West Bank the Israelis arrested four Palestinians from different cities. University student Mohamed al-Alami, 19, was arrested from his house in the Old City of Hebron and taken to Atzion Prison in north of the city. Nasim Sabarneh, 18, was arrested at his home in the Beit-Amer district of Hebron, while Ahmed al-Nawajaa was detained in the city of Yatta. In Al-Dahiyya neighbourhood of Nablus, several homes were searched by the Israelis before they took away Mohamed Dweekat, 23.
Reports in the Israeli media, meanwhile, said that a number of illegal Jewish settlers entered Umm Al-Katf and set three cars and a bus on fire before scrawling racist graffiti on the walls of the village mosque. The attack has been described as being part of the so-called "Price Tag" campaign carried out by settlers against Palestinian targets. According to Israeli Radio, anti-Arab graffiti was also scrawled on walls of a building in the occupied city of Safad.