Jordanian nurse disappears at Rafah border

Israel Materials 6 February 2009 12:07 (UTC +04:00)

A Jordanian nurse disappeared as he was entering the Rafah crossing border with Egypt, local daily The Jordan Times reported on Friday.

The nurse, identified as Salman Masaeed, was one of a group of Jordanian nurses who volunteered to work in Gaza to help treat thousands of Palestinians injured during a 22-day Israeli onslaught on Gaza, the press quoted a source who requested anonymity as saying, Xinhua reported.

It is believed that he was arrested by the Egyptian authorities, said the source, adding that Masaeed, however, remained behind his colleagues who had left for Egypt.

Meanwhile, Jordanian doctors dispatched by the Jordan Medical Association remained stranded on Rafah border on Thursday, reports said. They were trying to enter Gaza to join their colleagues volunteering in hospitals there.

Reports came out from time to time in the aftermath of the blistering Israeli offensive that Jordanian delegations were denied entry to Gaza at the Rafah border on humanitarian missions.