Palestinian sources in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip,
reported on Wednesday at night that under-cover forces of the Israeli
army abducted seven Palestinians, including a leader of the Islamic
Jihad, after ambushing them in Al Shouka area in Rafah.

The attack was carried out in cooperation with local collaborators with the Israeli security.

The abducted Islamic Jihad leader was identified as Salah Bahloul, 40. Five members of the same family were also abducted in the attack; they were identified as Abdullah, Wasfi, Kareem, Imad and Akram Abu Sneima. The seventh resident is a member of Al Bahdari family.

The sources stated that Salah Bahloul was ambushed by the army and collaborators after receiving a phone call in his house in Al Salam neighbrohoud informing him that he should head a location in the eastern area of Rafah to receive funds and important documents.

The caller told him that the army withdrew from the area, which is close to the Rafah borders. As he arrived there, under-cover forces attacked and abducted him, and the rest of the men who accompanied him.

The Palestinian security devices believe that collaborators are involved in the incident and that they facilitated the work of the Israeli Security Services.