Palestinian poet Mosab Abu Toha arrested by Israelis in Gaza, family says

The American Book award winner was said to be heading south for the Rafah crossing when he was picked up at a checkpoint

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A celebrated Palestinian poet and author, Mosab Abu Toha, has been arrested by Israeli forces while trying to leave Gaza, according to his friends and family.

Abu Toha had been told by US officials that he and his family would be able to cross into Egypt, as one of his children is an American citizen. They were on the way from north to south Gaza, heading for the Rafah crossing point on Sunday, when he was arrested along with other Palestinian men at a Israeli military checkpoint.

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