The latest on the news of two Israeli citizens being held in Gaza (all times local) :

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12:30 p.m.

Israeli defense officials say an Arab-Israeli citizen being held in the Gaza Strip is a Bedouin man from Israel's Negev desert.

Officials refused to say how long he has been held in Gaza or how he got there. They also would not say which group had him in custody.

Bedouin make up a small group within Israel's Arab minority, numbering about 180,000.

Israeli authorities said Thursday that two of its citizens are being held in the Gaza Strip. The other is an Israeli Ethiopian man who crossed into the Palestinian territory last September and is believed held by the Hamas militant group which rules Gaza.