Gaza Infiltrator Caught After 24 Hours at Large

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A barbed wire fence on Zikim beach, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip. (Corinna Kern/Flash90)
A barbed wire fence on Zikim beach, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip. (Corinna Kern/Flash90)

A man who infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip was apprehended by authorities after being at large for 24 hours, The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday.

The army said he was picked up by security forces on Wednesday morning, after eluding capture since Tuesday afternoon.

Closed-circuit cameras along the southern border with Gaza showed him sneaking into Israeli territory in the Eshkol region, an army spokesperson said.

The unarmed man was finally located by Border Police over six miles inside the border, hiding near some greenhouses outside the town of Netivot, according to a media report.

Local residents had been warned to stay in their homes on Tuesday night, while the infiltrator was still unaccounted for.

An unmanned aerial vehicle was also brought into the area to assist in the search, according to the report.

The man was handed over to the Shin Bet for questioning.

While breaches of the border fence are not uncommon, offenders are usually caught much sooner.