Palestinian security steps up search for kidnapped British citizens

Palestinian security forces set up roadblocks throughout the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday as they stepped up a search for three British citizens abducted by Palestinian gunmen, the latest in a wave of kidnappings of foreigners in the chaotic area.

Kate Burton, 25, a British aid worker, was &to=' target=_blank>kidnapped along with her parents Wednesday in the southern town of Rafah, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfiq Abu Khoussa. Palestinian officials and British diplomats conceded late Thursday that they were no closer to freeing the hostages.

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