Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –Four Palestinians were abducted on Wednesday evening in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula just a couple of minutes after passing Rafah Crossing.
An eyewitness, was in the bus, said that after about one or two km away from the Crossing, and just a couple of metres far from the Egyptian army checkpoint, a number of masked armed men opened fire at the bus, opened it, called four men by their names and abducted them.
The eyewitness, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that there were fifty Palestinian passengers in the bus and insisted that there was no Egyptian security staff accompanying them.
Normally, Egyptian security staffs accompany travellers’ busses from the Rafah Crossing until Cairo Airport.
“Although the time of the daily night curfew has started,” the eyewitness said, “the Egyptians insisted that the bus must start its journey from Rafah to Cairo.”
Normally, Palestinian travellers’ buses do not move during the night curfew has been imposed on wide swathes in Sinai Peninsula.
Spokesman of the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza Iyad al-Buzom said: “We are making urgent contacts with the highest levels of Egyptian authorities to follow up on the circumstances of what happened and we urge the Egyptian interior ministry to secure the lives of the kidnapped passengers and free them.”
Egyptian security involved
Meanwhile, Salama abu-Rbaa, chief of an Egyptian tribe in Sinai, accused the Egyptian intelligence services of manipulating the abduction of the Palestinians.
Speaking to the Palestinian news agency, he said that a number of his tribe’s members saw the masked men, who abducted the Palestinians, while they were getting off an Egyptian armoured vehicle in a place near to the place of the abduction.
He said that he has credible information about the four abductees and their whereabouts, insisting that they are in a military outpost near Al-Arish Sea.
Abu-Rbaa warned of “demonised” agenda planned by the Egyptian security services, calling for the Palestinians to be careful about such plans.
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