Israeli Fighter Jets Scrambled Twice to Gaza Border to Investigate Suspicious Activity

In another incident, Israeli army says two unarmed Palestinians infiltrated Israeli territory from the southern Strip and were detained and interrogated

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An Israeli fighter jet, in September.
An Israeli fighter jet, in September.Credit: Ilan Assayag

Israeli fighter jets were dispatched to the northern Gaza Strip at least twice since Saturday morning, following intelligence of suspicious activity near the border.

The planes returned to their bases after routine checks that did not raise any suspicion of border infiltration, as the army had feared.

Also Saturday, the Israeli military said that two Palestinians infiltrated the  southern part of the border between Israel and the coastal enclave. The two were not armed and were taken in for questioning to clarify their reasons for crossing the border.

On Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah said that a 22-year-old man was gravely wounded by live Israeli fire near the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar near Hebron. According to the report, the young man was wounded in his chest. He was transferred to Al-Ahly hospital in Hebron and was taken into surgery.

Thirty-seven Palestinians were wounded by live Israeli army fire during the weekly border protests in the eastern Gaza Strip, Gaza's Health Ministry announced later Friday.

According to the ministry, four of the protesters were wounded by life fire and dozens by rubber-coated bullets. Among the wounded were ten children and a paramedic working with the Palestinian Red Crescent.