Gaza Palestinian Caught With Grenade in Southern Israel

Man walked five kilometers inside Israeli territory before he was captured by a civilian; army investigating how he evaded forces stationed in area.

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An Israeli Jeep plows the road near a security fence along the border with Gaza
An Israeli Jeep plows the road near a security fence along the border with Gaza Credit: Eyal Warshavsky

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip was caught wielding a frag grenade early morning Sunday outside a community in southern Israel.

A preliminary investigation revealed the man crossed the border fence into Israel and walked for five kilometers before he was apprehended by a civilian near Yated, a moshav in the Eshkol Regional Council.

"The terrorist was captured by a patrolman with the local security detail, who handed him over to an IDF force," a military source said. The army opened an investigation into the incident, probing why the Palestinian was not spotted by security cameras or army units posted in the area.

Haim Yellin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, warned against further incidents and noted the latest case proves the necessity of security coordinators, who are facing redundancy. Yellin said the IDF's decision to make cuts to the security details is "irresponsible," and said they are needed around the communities "24 hours a day."

A high-ranking army officer asked about the issue said that "it's too early to link between these arguments and this infilitration. That decision was made after deliberation, but now it will be the right course to consider what to link again, and what not to."

A similar incident occurred in November 2012 when a Palestinian wielding a knife crossed the fence, and attacked a woman in her home in Sde Avraham, a community near Yated. The woman managed to scare him off, and he was then shot to death by IDF forces.

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