Photo Credit: IDF
Thick smoke from 10,000 burning tires on April 6, 2018 masked the identities of those who were engaged in trying to breach the security fence along the Gaza border.

Four Arabs from the Gaza Strip were caught on the Israeli side of the southern Gaza-Israel border Tuesday afternoon, along the security fence. The men were arrested and found to be unarmed.

The incident was the third border infiltration from Gaza in less than a day.

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Earlier Tuesday, an IDF patrol detained two men trying to cross the border into Israel; they were found to be carrying a knife and a hand grenade.

On Monday, four unarmed Gazans were detained after infiltrating Israel near the mid-point of the Strip, near Kibbutz Kissufim.

The repeated infiltration incidents have taken place during a two-month series of violent events held along the Gaza border to protest Israel’s 70th anniversary.

The series has included weekly clashes with IDF troops along the security fence, with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted at various points along the fence aimed at killing Israeli soldiers on IDF patrols, explosive firebomb kites aimed at setting agricultural fields ablaze inside Israel, and multiple border infiltration attempts.

Of the latter, the most serious was a March 27 incident in which three armed Gazans evaded security forces and traversed 20 kilometers in Israeli territory before being arrested near the Tze’elim army base.

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