An 18-year-old Palestinian man has been arrested by Israeli security forces after crossing through the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, carrying a knife and spikes.
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The youth cut through the fence, setting off the army's detection system. Forces that were called to the area discovered his footprints and spent over an hour searching for him until he was caught.
"The suspect was identified in the eastern region of our communities," Bavian said. "We searched him and found a knife. He did not resist and was completely surprised by his arrest."
Bavian noted the youth did not have any equipment for staying an extended period and that the whole incident lasted about 90 minutes, Ynet reported. "It could be he was in the area longer," said Bavian, adding that after the apprehension, an Israel Defense Forces force took him for further investigation. "He didn't say anything but mumbled a few incomprehensible words."
Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, credited the suspect's capture to the "great initiative" shown by Bavian.
"This is a council security chief who has been cited for excellence, yet because of the budget cuts hanging over his head so long, his job is going to be cut to half-time in January unless the budget cuts on regional security chiefs is canceled. Today these people have again proven their tremendous importance to the security of the towns in the south," said Idan. "I'm sure that in light of the lessons from Operation Protective Edge and from this latest incident, the prime minister and defense minister will reconsider their decision to reduce the number of council security heads."