Four abducted from Gaza City hotel by gunmen

Palestinian gunmen today abducted two South Korean journalists and two other people from a Gaza City hotel frequented by foreigners, security officials and witnesses said.

The abduction came just hours after an Israeli army raid of a West Bank prison, in which troops demanded the surrender of the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO faction.

The kidnappers in Gaza are from the PFLP, police said.

The gunmen raided the hotel this afternoon, abducting the two South Korean reporters, their Palestinian fixer and a fourth person, witnesses said. The Palestinian fixer was quickly released.

During the abduction, the gunmen exchanged fire with police, who wounded one of the kidnappers and arrested a second.

The PFLP has threatened to abduct foreigners if there leader was harmed by Israeli troops.


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