Unarmed Palestinian From Gaza Arrested Near Southern Israeli Beach, IDF Says

Yaniv Kubovich
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The Zikim beach side in Israel near Ashkelon.
The Zikim beach side in Israel near Ashkelon.Credit: אילן אסייג
Yaniv Kubovich

A Palestinian resident of Gaza was arrested on the Zikim beach in Israel on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. He was arrested near the border and taken in for questioning, but no weapons were found on his person.

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This is the most recent in a series of events along the Gaza border as tensions escalate between Israel and Gaza. Earlier on Wednesday, Israel shelled Hamas posts in Gaza after two Palestinians were arrested near the border for setting a fire. On Tuesday, three Palestinians were found and arrested over 12 miles into Israeli territory carrying grenades and knives. On Saturday, Israel struck Hamas targets after four Palestinians carrying bottles filled with flammable material approached the fence on foot and managed to cross the border into Israel near Kibbutz Kissufim.

The Israeli army also said it will impose a closure on the West Bank and Gaza crossings for the duration of the Passover holiday.

The IDF has been on high alert near the first infiltration from the Gaza border on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense system was activated accidentially in repsonse to a Hamas drill that took place in the Gaza Strip.

Israel is gearing up for mass protests planned for this Friday along the border fence. The Palestinians are planning on establishing six to eight large tent camps, capable of housing thousands of people, mostly women and children, along the border – but some 700 meters from the fence.

Additionally, 34 Palestinians from the West Bank were arrested today by the Israeli army and Israeli police for crossing into Israel on reports they were planning to cross into Israel from the Gilboa area. 

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