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Gazan indicted after infiltrating Israel, stabbing security guard

May 30 incident saw a 24-year-old armed Palestinian man slip through the security fence undetected, then attack Israeli civilian guard

Israeli security forces search the area where a Palestinian man is suspected of having entered southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on May 30, 2021. (Hamal Darom)
Israeli security forces search the area where a Palestinian man is suspected of having entered southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on May 30, 2021. (Hamal Darom)

Prosecutors filed an indictment Thursday against a Palestinian who crossed into Israel from Gaza last month armed with several knives, then attacking and lightly wounding a security guard.

On May 30, the 24-year-old Gaza resident entered Israel through an undetected breach in the security fence, caused by a mortar shell fired from the enclave during the 11-day conflict earlier last month. He came in armed with two kitchen knives.

According to the military, the assailant was spotted by civilian security guards as he walked along a road near the Sdei Avraham community, near the borders with Gaza and Egypt. When they approached him, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the guards. The other guard shot the assailant, injuring him, according to police.

The wounded security guard was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, as was his attacker.

The suspect was charged Thursday with attempted murder with a terroristic motive, in addition to illegal infiltration.

Many Israeli communities in areas with security concerns maintain a team of armed guards known as community security officers.

Though Palestinians regularly attempt to cross into Israel from Gaza, it is highly uncommon for them to make it so far into Israeli territory without being seen and detained by Israeli troops.

The attack came days after the 11-day conflict between Israel and Gaza terror groups ended.

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