Two Palestinian merchants were arrested by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday evening at the Beit Hanun border crossing, in northern Gaza Strip.

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A PIC news reporter said the IOF arrested two Palestinian traders—Midhat Karam and Hazem Tuman—after they subjected them to intensive questioning for long hours at the Beit Hanun (Erez) border crossing, to the north of the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Over recent months, the occupation forces stepped up arbitrary abductions of Palestinian traders and civilians as they tried to pass through the Beit Hanun crossing.

Daily crackdowns at border crossings and checkpoints make part of Israel’s incessant endeavors to tighten noose around Gazans’ neck, in an area that has already been grappling with a tough decade-long blockade imposed by the occupation authorities.