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Palestinian Gunmen Kidnap 2 Gaza Teachers

Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip abducted two Western teachers as they were driving to work Wednesday.

Witnesses and unnamed security officials identified the teachers as the Dutch principal Hendrik Taatgen and his Australian deputy Brian Ambrosio of an American-run school in Beit Lahiya.

Witnesses say gunmen forced the teachers out of their car, pushed them into another vehicle and drove away.

Palestinian militants in the increasingly chaotic Gaza have kidnapped foreigners on many occasions, in order to force authorities to meet their demands. So far, all abductions have been brief and all captives have been freed unharmed.

Such incidents are an embarrassment for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying improve law and order in the territory following the withdrawal of Israeli forces.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.