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4 Gaza Palestinians cross border into Israel, are arrested

IDF soldiers apprehend men carrying wire-cutters, minutes after they break through border fence

Illustrative: Israeli forces next to the security fence on the border between Israel and southern Gaza Strip. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli forces next to the security fence on the border between Israel and southern Gaza Strip. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Four Palestinian men were arrested Tuesday morning in the southern Eshkol region minutes after crossing from the Gaza Strip into Israel, according to Hebrew media reports.

IDF troops reportedly apprehended the men shortly after they crossed into Israeli territory.

They were said to be carrying wire-cutters used to cut through the border fence.

The Eshkol region lies between the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Beersheba and contains the majority of Israel’s land border with the Gaza Strip.

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The border fence contains a bevy of sensors and cameras to support the large number of soldiers who regularly patrol the area. Infiltrators are typically caught within hours, if not sooner.

Last week, however, a Palestinian man who sneaked into Israel from the Strip evaded capture for nearly 24 hours before he was picked up by security forces. On Tuesday afternoon, soldiers monitoring the closed-circuit cameras along the southern border with Gaza noticed the man cross into Israeli territory in the Eshkol region. The man was found by Border Police officers over six miles (10 kilometers) inside Israeli territory, hiding near some greenhouses outside the town of Netivot.

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