An Israeli citizen who crossed into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday was identified Wednesday as Juma Ibrahim Abu Anima, 19, a resident of an unrecognized Bedouin settlement in the south of Israel.
Abu Anima, is from Hashem Zana, a village in the northern Negev.
Details about Abu Anima, who was reportedly undergoing emotional distress, were permitted for publication Wednesday, a day after he was spotted by the IDF crossing the border fence into the Gaza Strip.
Abu Anima had been suffering from mental illness for some time although his family believed that recently there had been an improvement in his condition and had been encouraging him to try to find work, Israel Radio reported.
Abu Anima had traveled to visit his brother, a shepherd tending his flock in an open area near Kibbutz Be’eri. He used the opportunity to head to the border and an IDF watchtower saw him attempting to climb the fence into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
A detachment of Israeli troops were dispatched to his location, but by then he had already reached the city of Khan Yunis, according to the IDF.
The army said it was investigating the incident and notified his family.
Gaza-based Palestinian news outlets reported Israeli reconnaissance planes overflying the territory after the border incident.
There was no immediate statement from Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Strip.
Hamas has held two Israeli men, a Bedouin Israeli named Hisham al-Sayed and an Ethiopian Jew named Avraham Abera Mengistu, who crossed separately into the Gaza Strip, for nearly two years.
The terror group also holds the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in combat two years ago.