Israelis entering PA prompt fears of abduction (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yossi Yehoshua Published: 05.07.12, 09:38)
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As civilians, soldiers increasingly enter Palestinian territories,
IDF reminds of kidnapping threat
A relatively quiet period in the Palestinian territories has drawn
Israeli civilians and military personnel to do their shopping there
again – prompting concerns about potential kidnappings, Yedioth
Ahronoth reported Monday.
According to sources in the IDF´s Central Command, the number of
Israelis entering the West Bank over the past few months has
increased dramatically. Over the past six months alone, 31 civilians
and 18 career officers entered the Palestinian Authority.
The IDF stressed that despite the impression of safety generated by
the release of Gilad Shalit, a soldier who spent five years in Hamas
captivity before being freed in a prisoner swap in October – the
threat of abduction remains very much real. The army has warned it
would harshly penalize any solider entering PA territory.
The IDF launched an advertising campaign on Sunday warning troops to
take precautions in order to avoid abductions. The project is one
step in multi-year plan formed by the army last year in light of
intelligence data indicating planned kidnapping attempts.
The primary concern focuses on soldiers being snatched while
hitchhiking. The campaign´s posters, which are to be hung in military
bases, train stations and on the streets, feature a photo of a
soldier held captive, accompanied by a slogan warning troops that if
they attempt to a hitch ride, they could get kidnapped. Video clips
of similar nature are also to circulate on the web.
"This is the first campaign of it kind that we have launched in many
years," IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said. "Our
goal is to instigate change in the soldiers´ travel habits."
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