IDF soldiers twice overnight Wednesday prevented the entry of Gaza terrorists into Israel, firing at two groups that tried to climb or crawl under the security fence. In one of those incidents, soldiers fired at a 15-year-old terrorist, injuring him and taking him for treatment at an Israeli hospital – where it was discovered that he was carrying two live tear gas grenades.
The youth was one of three terrorists who attempted to breach the border fence Wednesday evening. Soldiers caught them in the act and opened fire. Two of the terrorists ran away, abandoning their comrade, who was injured in the incident. Soldiers decided to evacuate him to an Israeli hospital, after following procedures to ensure that he was not carrying dangerous items.
Once in the hospital, staff began removing the clothing of the suspect in order to perform emergency treatment – and discovered the grenades, which had apparently been missed when soldiers in the field checked him. Staff immediately called security officials, and a bomb squad expert was sent in to remove the weapons. B’derech nes, the grenades did not go off, and there were no injuries in the incident.
An IDF official told Walla News that “apparently the suspect had hidden the weapons in the area where he was wounded. In light of this incident an investigation has been opened to determine how the suspect was transported with the weapons on his person. This was a very serious incident that could have ended in a much worse manner.”