Family of missing Gaza man says Israel kidnapped him

Wael Abu Reda was reportedly abducted while in Cairo for medical treatment; brother denies sibling’s ties to terror groups

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The family of a Gaza man who disappeared in Egypt said he has been kidnapped by Israel.

Wael Abu Reda, a 34-year-old from southern Gaza, was in Egypt seeking medical treatment for his son last week when he left his family at a Cairo hotel. He hasn’t been seen since.

The man’s brother, Mansour, said Tuesday the family received a phone call from someone claiming to be an Israeli official who said Abu Reda was being held in an Israeli prison.

Mansour said his brother has never had any affiliation with militant groups in Gaza.

Israel had no immediate comment.

More than two years ago, a Palestinian engineer from Gaza was nabbed on a sleeper train in Ukraine and resurfaced days later in an Israeli prison. He’s still being held.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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