A Gaza Arab terrorist was killed and two others were injured when they entered an area that Gazans are banned from adjacent to the border with Israel. In a statement, the IDF said it opened fire against the three who entered the area next to the border that the IDF has declared must remain empty. The three were warned to retreat and refused to do so.
Gaza sources said that an 18-year-old youth had been killed in the incident. The IDF said that it had clear evidence that the group was involved in planning a terror attack. Gangs of this type often plant explosives along the border fence, setting them off when IDF patrols drive by in the hope of killing or injuring Israeli soldiers. The IDF has made it clear to Hamas that it will enforce a “no-man’s land” on the Gaza side of the border fence in order to prevent such attacks.
Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested nine wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomorn. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.