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BREAKING NEWS FROM ISRAEL: Gag order lifted, info comes out revealing Hamas kidnapped two Israeli last year, who are being held in Gaza

An Israeli Arab and an Israeli of Ethiopian descent are both being held in Gaza.

By Koby Finkler

An Israeli citizen was kidnapped by Hamas over ten months ago and has been held there ever since, it was cleared for publication Thursday morning.

Avraham Mengistu, 26, an Israeli citizen of Ethiopian origin, attempted to cross the border into Gaza in September. The IDF spotted him and attempted to stop him, but he ran across before he could be apprehended; Hamas arrested him upon his arrival.

Hamas took Mengistu to a hiding place and passed on information to his family shortly thereafter.

The Defense Ministry determined that Mengistu crossed the fence due tomental illness and that the move was not in any way a deliberate security risk.

The Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) determined, as well, that Mengistu was prone to disappear from home for long stretches of time without contacting his family. On at least three occasions, his family reported his disappearances to police; social services in Ashkelon were aware of the situation.

Mengistu has eight siblings; his father lives in central Israel and his mother lives in Ashkelon.

Israeli officials stated Thursday that Mengistu’s status remains unknown; however, a Hamas official has reportedly said that the Israeli was not being held by Hamas for collateral for terror releases, as is the norm, because he is not an IDF soldier…..



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