IDF admits ‘human error’ led to stabbing of Israeli by Gazan who crossed border

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says the Palestinian man who entered Israel from Gaza yesterday and attacked a civilian security officer was not seen crossing the border because of a “human error” by a soldier monitoring a security camera along the frontier.

According to the military, the man infiltrated into Israel through an area along the security fence that had been damaged by mortar fire during the fighting earlier this month.

“The initial investigation finds that this was an extremely serious event in terms of the different defensive rings that could have prevented it. The lessons of the initial investigations have been learned and will be studied immediately. The investigation of the event is continuing,” the IDF says.

The suspect is Imad Sufi, 24, from the city of Rafah in southern Gaza. He was shot and injured during the confrontation with the security guard and is now being questioned by the Shin Bet security service.

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