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Palestinian with knife caught near Gaza border town

Local security chief nabs 18-year-old believed to have infiltrated near Nahal Oz

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The Israel-Gaza border in 2007 (Photo credit: Edi Israel/ Flash 90)
The Israel-Gaza border in 2007 (Photo credit: Edi Israel/ Flash 90)

An 18-year-old Palestinian male armed with a knife and a pick was arrested Sunday near Kibbutz Alumim in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

A security coordinator from a local community caught the Palestinian about seven kilometers from the Gaza border fence, which he is believed to have crossed near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

According to Sdot Negev security coordinator Raphi Bibian, local security chiefs received an alert that there had been an infiltration from Gaza, and closed in on the intruder from three directions.

The Palestinian man surrendered without a fight.

The intruder was handed over to the Shin Bet security agency for questioning.

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