Israeli authorities: Man who left Israeli border with Gaza on foot dies in Jordan
An Israeli man who left his border with the Gaza Strip on foot has died, Israeli authorities said on Monday.
Sara Zaki was a resident of the northern Israeli city of Haifa, near the Palestinian-controlled border with Egypt.
Israeli authorities said she died at a hospital in Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza City.
She was 47.
Zaki had been missing since June 12, when she went missing from the northern West Bank city of Hebron.
Israel has not released her identity or her location.
The Palestinian death came hours after Israel announced it had seized the home of Zaki’s husband, a prominent activist, in the West Bank village of al-Fouad, near Nablus.
Israeli forces had searched the home in recent days for the man they say was responsible for the abduction of a young girl, whose body was found two days later in the occupied West Bank.
In his statement on Monday, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said the raid on the home was carried out after “the suspect was found to be the husband of a member of the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.”
The statement did not elaborate on Zaki and her husband’s relationship.
Zakia Zaki, who was a registered nurse, lived in a nearby village.
In July, she was sentenced to 20 months in prison for organizing a group that protested against the Israeli government’s closure of the Gaza border with Israel.
The group’s leader, Mohammed al-Hakim, was also sentenced to life in prison.
Israel is under international pressure to allow Gaza’s border with both Egypt and Egypt to reopen.
Egypt has repeatedly called for Israel to open the border with its territory and to return Gaza’s 1.8 million residents to the Gaza strip.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned Israel’s actions on Monday and called on Israel to immediately return all Palestinians to their homes in Gaza.
It said Egypt has no objection to returning Palestinian refugees to their families in the territory.