GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian trader at the Erez crossing late Sunday, the Palestinian liaison office said.
Muhsin Hamdouna, an electronics salesman, was detained while attempting to cross the border, despite having a valid permit.
In the past two months, Israeli forces at the crossing have detained at least 15 Palestinian businessmen, with 13 still being held in prison custody.
“The Erez crossing has become a trap for Gaza merchants who have newly received entry permits from Israel,” a Palestinian liaison official told Ma’an.
Israel, he added, has recently started to issue entry permits to new Gaza traders while veteran businessmen are being denied entry.
It is unclear why Hamdouna was detained.
Palestinians arrested at Erez are usually interrogated for several hours, sometimes even for days, before they are either allowed into Israel en route to the West Bank or sent back to Gaza.