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IDF nabs Gaza man who crossed into Israel

Suspect who breached border in Eshkol region taken in for questioning by security services

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)

IDF soldiers arrested a man on suspicion of crossing the Gaza border fence into Israel on Monday morning.

The incident took place in the Eshkol regional council, opposite the central Gaza Strip, Walla news reported.

The suspect was taken in for questioning by Israel’s security services.

The man’s identity wasn’t released for publication.

The incident was one of several in recent months in which Palestinians from Gaza penetrated the border into Israel. Israel is working to build a sophisticated border barrier to prevent tunneling into Israeli territory.

Last month, in a “abnormal” incident, an 8-year-old Palestinian child entered Israel, only to be scooped up by security forces and eventually returned to Gaza.

In August, four Palestinian men were arrested in the southern Eshkol region minutes after crossing from the Gaza Strip into Israel. 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.

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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.

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