A senior leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group told WorldNetDaily today it had kidnapped a third Israeli – a 23-year-old reservist.

According to the Al Aqsa source, the seized soldier is Shmuel Haymen from the city of Halon, Israel. A birthdate of Aug. 24, 1982 and Haymen’s official ID number – withheld by WND – were provided as proof.

The claimed kidnapping comes a day after an official in President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party ordered Al Aqsa members to begin abducting Israelis in order to capture some of the support and prestige flowing to Hammas from the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to information provided to WND by a senior Palestinian security official.

As first reported by WorldNetDaily, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist organization, claimed to have kidnapped a second Israeli from northern Samaria earlier this week.

According to the Al Aqsa leader, Haymen will be released if the current siege of Gaza ends and Israel releases prisoners.

A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Force told WND the claim of Haymen’s kidnapping is being investigated, but there are reports that the reservist has been out of the country for a month, raising the possibility Al Aqsa is merely in possession of a lost identity card.

Earlier this week, Al Aqsa claimed to have kidnapped 62-year-old Noah Moskowitz, whose body was found near his hometown of Rishon LeTzion. Authorities, however, say he died of natural causes and told Israel National News they believe the terrorists are scanning reports of missing persons and issuing claims of kidnapping to frighten the public.

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