IDF Shoos Away Gaza Arabs Attempting to Breach Border Fence

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

Reports in Gaza Tuesday morning said that IDF troops had shot at Gaza Arabs who attempted to breach the border fence. The incident occurred near Khan Younis. No injuries were reported, and the Arabs ran away back to the interior of Gaza, the report said. The IDF did not confirm the incident.

Security officials in northern Israel said they had caught a major agricultural thief, who had been responsible for the theft of large amounts of fruit from Israeli orchards. The suspect is an Arab in his 40s from the village of Umm al-Kutuf. He was caught when police stopped a vehicle he was driving near Zichron Yaakov that was found to be carrying over 100 kilos of mangoes. Police are investigating the suspect’s connection to other large recent thefts of produce in the area.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested 13 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. 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.

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