An Israeli citizen has been arrested in the occupied West Bank over alleged kidnap of an Israeli journalist.
A source close to the investigation told Ma’an on Wednesday that Israeli national Avi Dror was detained Tuesday morning after he boarded a bus in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he was heading to a job interview, before he was stopped by Israeli border police at the Israel-Gaza border, according to the source.
The source said Dror, who was in his 30s, was taken into custody without incident and transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s administrative detention center.
He has not been charged with a crime.
A number of Israeli-Palestinian media outlets, including the Israeli news website Ynet, reported that Dror had been kidnapped by Hamas and later released.
In a statement, the PA said that it was aware of the incident and was taking necessary measures to ensure that no harm is done to Dror and his family.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said in the past that Dron had been abducted and later freed by Hamas.
The kidnapping comes as Israeli troops continued to attack the West Wall and the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat as part of a continuing campaign against the Islamist group, which controls a swathe of Palestinian territory.
On Wednesday, an Israeli soldier was killed and another wounded in clashes in the eastern Israeli city of Netivot, and another soldier was lightly wounded by gunfire on Thursday morning in the Palestinian city of Jenin.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said the group would not tolerate the Israeli occupation, and that Israel’s policy of aggression would only make the Palestinians even more vulnerable.
“The occupation will only make our people even more exposed to Israeli aggression, even more isolated, even further isolated, and the longer we remain on our own, the more dangerous the situation is,” Barhoump told Al Jazeera.