The detention of an engineer from the Gaza Strip, Dirar Abu Sissi, has been extended by seven days by the magistrates court in Petah Tikva.Application for extension is only permissible with the special approval of the country’s Attorney General when the period of detention exceeds 30 days, although this law is only applicable within the State of Israel, and not for the so-called Civil Administration that governs the West Bank, where administrative detention can continue indefinitely without charge.

Abu Sissi was traveling by train in the Ukraine when he was kidnapped by Israeli agents and was flown out the country. The Ukraine has denied any involvement in the abduction of Abu Sissi.

A gag order was placed on the coverage of the case in Israel upon Abu Sissi’s arrest, but 10 days ago the order was amended to allow the publication, in Israel, any information already distributed in the international press.