Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at night, a Palestinian merchant while trying to cross the Erez Terminal with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said the merchant, identified as Adel Mohammad Hussein, headed to Erez and was interrogated for some hours before he was taken prisoner.

They added that his abduction brings the number of merchants, who were taken prisoner at the Israeli controlled Erez Terminal since the beginning of the year to seven.

The soldiers also abducted three other Palestinians, including one who was accompanying a patient, seeking treatment in Jerusalem.