Palestinians demonstrate against Israel's holding of Gaza engineer

14:33, March 23, 2011      

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Palestinian engineers demonstrated in front of a United Nations office in Gaza Tuesday, demanding Israel to release a colleague it kidnapped from Ukraine last month.

On Sunday, Israel admitted that it holds Dirar Abu Sisi, operating manager of Gaza's only power plant, in a jail on its territories after kidnapping him from Ukraine, where he was applying for citizenship since he is married to an Ukrainian woman.

Tens of engineers and relatives of Abu Sisi gathered at the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace process, and held banners slamming the Israel's kidnapping and what they said the UN's unconcerned position.

A relative of Abu Sisi blamed the Ukrainian government for facilitating the abduction by agents of Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, on its territories.

On Monday, a Gaza-based rights group, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, published remarks that its lawyer got from Abu Sisi when he visited him in Israel.

The 42-year-old engineer said he was abducted by three men on a train from the city of Kharakov to Kiev on Feb. 19, when he was heading to meet his brother who arrived from Holland to Ukraine.

"They immediately took me out of the train, put me in a car, then took me to an apartment, introduced themselves as Mossad agents and began to question me," Abu Sisi told the lawyer in Ashkelon prison Sunday.

He was then taken to an airplane with his eyes folded and his hands cuffed, and the plane flew around 5 hours until he found himself in an Israeli jail.

Source: Xinhua
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