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Israel security forces may have abducted a Palestinian engineer and suspected Hamas official in the Ukraine, a UN official told the Associated Press on Thursday, adding he suspected Ukrainian security aided the operation.

Dirar Abu Sisi, 42, went missing "under unknown circumstances" in the early hours of Feb. 19 after boarding a train in the eastern city of Kharkiv bound for the capital Kiev, according to Viktoria Kushnir, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry. He was in Ukraine applying for citizenship.

Speaking with AP on Thursday, Maksim Butkevych, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine, said Abu Sisi has been in custody in Israel since shortly after his disappearance.

The UN agency said it believed Abu Sisi was abducted and illegally transported by Israeli security forces, perhaps with the aid of Ukrainian counterparts.

"We don't know details of his trip from Ukraine to Israel — let's put it this way," said Butkevych. "But unfortunately, what happened looks like a violent abduction and not a legal extradition or any other legal action on the part of authorities."

Abu Sisi's Ukrainian wife, Veronika, 32, alleges the Israeli secret service Mossad carried out the abduction in order to sabotage a key electric power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip where he worked as a senior manager.

"I don't suspect it, I am sure of it," Abu Sisi told the AP in a telephone interview. "My husband was the heart of the only electric station in Gaza, or rather its brain. It's a strategic object and they wanted to disable it."

She denied speculation that her husband may be wanted by Israel as a known Hamas sympathizer, saying he had never engaged in politics or any violent groups.

In Gaza, fellow engineers and neighbors described Abu Sisi as a Hamas supporter, pointing to his senior position. He served as the deputy head of the electric power station and posts are traditionally staffed by Hamas loyalists.

Abu Sisi, a Jordan native and father of six, was in Ukraine trying to apply for citizenship after spending 12 years in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli group HaMoked, which defends the rights of Palestinians, says Abu Sisi has been held in an Israeli prison since Feb 19. He is being kept in the Shikma detention center outside the coastal city of Ashkelon, the group said.

Israel's prison service said it had no information on the case. The internal security service, the Shin Bet, declined comment, citing a gag order.

Veronika Abu Sisi said her husband told her over the phone about a week after his alleged kidnapping that he was in Israel. His lawyer later told her that he was in custody in an Israeli prison and that he had been kidnapped from Ukraine. Reached by the Associated Press, the lawyer declined comment, citing the gag order.

Veronika Abu Sisi said the family decided to return to Ukraine after life in the Gaza Strip became unsafe for their three daughters and three sons and her husband flew to Ukraine to apply for citizenship in January.

In mid-February, after submitting all the paperwork, he was told by Ukrainian authorities to report to a government agency in Kharkiv, which was processing his case. After he turned up, government workers briefly seized his passport, then gave it back to him, saying it was a routine check, Abu Sisi said.

Relieved, the engineer on Feb. 18 boarded a 10:55 p.m. overnight train to Kiev to meet his brother who was flying in from Amsterdam, but the reunion never took place.

Veronika Abu Sisi said she was told by Ukrainian police officials that two unknown men boarded her husband's train car near the central Ukrainian city of Poltava several hours after departure and escorted him out.

"I am in shock," said Abu Sisi, a violin teacher, who converted to Islam to marry her husband, who had come to Ukraine to study as part of an exchange program. "I don't know what to tell my kids about where their father is — he wasn't killed by a bomb, he disappeared from a train in a democratic country!"


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  • I'll shed a tear on my pillow tonight for him.

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    • To Hell?

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    • Ladies before Gentlemen - after you. And here's a handbasket for you to use.

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  • proof? palywood at work they own the media

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    • You're right. The Palestinians own all of the major media outlets. They also control 90% of the banks of the world.

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    • yeah guess 'palywood' was at work in dubai to right. Fool it's an open secret its psuedo-israel policy to assasinate hamas and other people it considers enemies. So obviously if a hamas official etc goes missing the finger will be pointed at israel

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  • Good

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  • "palistinian engineer"???

    You mean there are educated palistinians?

    Just joking, i had a Palestinian girl in my college foreign policy class and she was the most uppity bitch...she wore a headscarf (no biggie) but she tried to belittle the other girls in our class for not wearing one...and i went to a school where most girls lived in bikinis...she was also amazingly ugly

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  • "Mossad carried out the abduction in order to sabotage a key electric power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip where he worked as a senior manager."

    would it not be easier just to blow up the station than to kidnapp one key person, give me a break, its not like he is the only one in the world who can build one,

    "The Israeli group HaMoked, which defends the rights of Palestinians, says Abu Sisi has been held in an Israeli prison since Feb 19. He is being kept in the Sh More..

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    • The did blow it up a couple of times. That and the transmission lines.

      The way they control it now is limiting the amount of diesel. The plant has two generators, but only enough diesel to run one and then not all the time.

      There was an article in IEEE Spectrum about it and the difficulty of keeping it running. That got the most amazingly hostile response from the Jewish IEEE members, labelling a tecnical article as propaganda.

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    • ok its hard to run, sooo why not bomb it again, what is easier to do...drop a bomb on it
      or get a group of mossad agents to slip into a country under false passports or illegaly to grab someone (who by the way is not all that important in the scheme of things in gaza or the ME for that matter) in another country and hope they dont get caught, then get said person back to your country and hide him, then hope said country doesnt go snake on them for grabbin someone there illegaly. then theres th More..

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    • there's no need to control the amount of diesel because israel is the main supplier of gaza, (70% supplied by 14 electric feeders). as of 2010, the GPP supplies no more than 12% of gaza's power, and the rest is supplied from egypt via two electric feeders.

      BTW, israel continuously supplies them, even when under fire from gaza.

      the diesel thing is a manufactured lie/ hoax.
      just to give you a clue, a liter of diesel from israel costs $1.9 (actually a bit more than that for israelis), a liter fro More..

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    • I'll dig out a reference to the IEEE article. I have it in print form, but I hope it's available online.

      Yes, I don't appreciate the source. My present business is risk-of-life services (with a sideline in child porn - don't ask - or ask wargypsy for a few details)

      Any serious power backup system will prioritise risk of life services (e.g. monitors and forced breathing systems) as compared to mundane items like overhead lights or heating.

      The rest is dubious to say the least. It's not an unbi More..

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    • O.K I've found the article.

      I was wrong on some details - for which I apologise. (I have a bad attack of food-poisoning right now. Perhaps I should become Jewish and stop eating prawns :-) )

      This is the article

      http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/policy/gaza-power-strip/0

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  • Speaking of kidnappings, I wonder how that poor Israeli who was kidnapped 4 years ago who the UN has done nothing for is doing?
    Or where he's buried at more likely.

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  • To put this back to topic i think that this whole mater is completely between Israel and Ukraine. If Israel asks Ukraine to hand over someone to them then Ukrainians consider the mater if it is possible and make their decisions. It is not like that guy was diplomat or something.

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  • Well io was always under the impression that Gazza get the majority of its power form isreal for free
    more than likely hi is some sort of terrorist who need re-eductaion

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  • Jew terror...

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  • I prefer the word detained. Annnnnnnnnnnd you know how the old saying goes. "One man's Arab engineer, is another man's terrorist". ;)

    Ohhhh and good. I'm glad they detained this Hamas dog. Would've been better off just killing him on the spot.

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  • This article is sourced from Haaretz so it's probably a disinformation piece. A few facts and a lot of innuendo.

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    • wheres the proof...".. a UN official told the Associated Press on Thursday, adding he suspected Ukrainian security aided the operation.." sounds like it started in the AP and not the jewish run haaretz, just like the article you have few facts and a lot of innuendo

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