Gazan Who Crossed Border, Stabbed Israeli Guard Charged With Terrorism

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An IDF checkpoint around the Gaza border communities during the recent Gaza flare-up, last month.
An IDF checkpoint around the Gaza border communities during the recent Gaza flare-up, last month.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri

A Palestinian man who crossed in from the Gaza Strip last month through a hole in the border fence and stabbed an Israeli sercurity officer acted out of "political, religious, nationalistic and ideological motives," the indictment served against him Thursday claim.

24-year-old Imad Sufi was charged with terrorism, attempted murder and armed infiltration for the incident during the latest round of Israel-Hamas fighting, which left the security guard at Avshalom, near the southern Gaza border, lightly wounded.

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Sufi, according to the charges, entered Israel carrying two knives after a mortar shell punctured a hole through the Israel-Gaza border fence.

After crossing into Israel, he began walking on a road leading to Israeli communities, but was stopped by the Avshalom security guard who drove by, and asked him what he was doing there.

In response, the charges state, Sufi pulled out one of the knives he was carrying and stabbed the guard in the head and in other body parts, until a soldier shot him in the leg.

The guard was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, sustaining light wounds.

State prosecutors said Sufi confessed in his interrogation by the Shin Bet security service to most of the allegations against him, and claimed he didn't mean to kill.

Prosecutors asked the court to keep the defendant in custody until the end of proceedings against him.

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