Israeli soldiers, based at the Erez terminal, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, kidnapped on Thursday evening, a Palestinian merchant, and released another after holding him captive for two years.

The Palestinian District Coordination Office (DCO) has reported that the soldiers kidnapped a merchant, identified as Hani Habboub, as he was leaving Gaza through the Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing.

In related news, the soldiers released a Palestinian merchant, identified as Riyad al-Masharawi, after imprisoning him for two years.

The soldiers conduct frequent arrests on the Erez terminal, while such violations also included patients and their families, as part of the severe restrictions, and siege, imposed on the coastal region.