Seven Palestinians were killed in several incidents across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Monday, while gunmen kidnapped a CNN television producer in Gaza City, according to Israeli and Palestinian security officials.
In addition, a Bedouin man, Mazhar Azzama, 42, and his year-old daughter, Islam, were killed when their car hit a piece of Israeli military ordnance, causing it to explode, on an artillery training base near the southern Israeli desert city of Dimona, Israeli military and medical officials said.
Relatives told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Azzama was in the area collecting scrap metal to sell. An Israeli military spokesman said he and his daughter were in a restricted military zone.
Near the Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car carrying Mohammad Abu Nasira, a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, a loose-knit group of militants who have split from other armed Palestinian factions, according to Israeli and Palestinian security officials. Abu Nasira survived and fled the vehicle, but his bodyguard, Ali Shaer, was killed, Palestinian medical officials said. Several other Palestinians near the car were wounded.
CNN reported that Riad Ali, a Jerusalem-based Arab producer and interpreter for the television network, was kidnapped about 6:30 p.m. Monday when a car intercepted a taxi carrying a CNN crew in downtown Gaza City.
A man in his early twenties, dressed in civilian clothes, emerged from the car, pointed a revolver into the taxi and asked, "Which one of you is Riad?" CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman said in an on-air account of the incident. Wedeman was in the vehicle with Ali and photographer Mary Rogers.
Several other men, some carrying Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded the taxi, then "took Riad out of the car and drove away with him," Wedeman reported.
He said CNN had "no information about Riad's whereabouts" and no information about his captors. No organization had asserted responsibility for the abduction as of late Monday night. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, condemned the abduction as "a violation of the sanctity of journalism," CNN reported.
A number of kidnappings have occurred in the Gaza Strip recently. Many have involved internal rivalries among Palestinian security organizations and militant groups. Several foreigners also have been seized by militant groups. The captives have usually been released within a few hours.
In the Khan Younis refugee camp, a 45-year-old teacher standing near the front door of his school was killed by what appeared to be stray machine-gun fire, Palestinian medical officials said. An Israeli military spokesman said the army had no information on the death of the teacher, but said troops had opened fire in the area early in the day after receiving reports that militants were trying to plant explosives.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian men when they were spotted near a fence where the Israeli military prohibits Palestinian access, Israeli military officials said, adding that explosives and grenades were found near the area where the men were shot.
Israeli police arrested a Jewish settler who had shot and killed a Palestinian driver near the settlement of Itamar in the northern West Bank. The settler told police the Palestinian had tried to run his vehicle off the road, according to Israeli media accounts. Palestinian security officials said settlers frequently harass Palestinian drivers near the junction where the incident occurred.
Israeli soldiers killed two armed Palestinians in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus when the men began approaching armored military vehicles, an Israeli military spokesman said.