Photo Credit: COGAT / IDF
Gaza citizens entering Erez crossing terminal.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Public Works and Housing Muhammad Ziara was arrested by Hamas security forces Thursday on the Gaza side of the Erez Crossing, the land crossing used by diplomats, journalists and medical patients to enter the enclave from Israel.

Ziara was arrested as he entered northern Gaza, according to the Dunia al-Watan news agency, which reported that efforts were being made to release him from custody.


A source told the news agency that Ziara was released from custody about three hours later.

It is not clear why Hamas detailed the Ramallah government minister.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.