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The Gaza border with Israel. (archive: April 2014)

(JNi.media) Some 15 Arabs on Monday crossed the border fence into Israel from the Gaza Strip in six different attempts. It was the highest number of infiltrations across the fence in one day since the end of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Walla reported.

In one case Monday morning, an IDF force arrested four Arabs who had crossed the fence in southern Gaza. The four were interviewed and transferred to Shin Bet custody. Towards the evening, three unarmed Arabs were arrested, having crossed the fence at the Eshkol Regional Council in the western Negev. They too were taken for questioning. Additional cases were recorded throughout the day.

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In recent weeks, there has been a growing stream of infiltrators from the Gaza Strip into Israel, because of the difficult economic situation in Gaza. This year more than 200 have crossed the fence, were arrested and interrogated by the Shin Bet. Adult infiltrators are imprisoned, while minors are returned to the Gaza territory.

The IDF Gaza Division treats the phenomenon with great sensitivity. After identifying a penetration attempt, IDF forces are rushed to the area and treat the crossing Arabs as terrorists, until they are inspected and interrogated. After passing a security screening, they are turned over to the Shin Bet. In some cases, the infiltrators have been armed with grenades and knives. However, in the vast majority of cases the infiltrating Arabs have come seeking work—or to be arrested and be sent to jail. According to security sources, they come armed with a knife or a grenade in order to extend the duration of their detention.

The defense establishment believes that the more the economic hardship in the Gaza Strip increases, so will infiltrations increase. Hamas has deployed along the border to prevent infiltrators, has not hesitated to use live ammunition to stop them.

A June, 2014 local poll reported that more than half of Gaza Arabs would leave the strip if they had the choice, the highest number ever recorded. It is estimated that close to 1.8 million live in the Gaza Strip. A UN development agency report in September 2014 warned that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t quite understand how this is much different than the border with Mexico. The Border Patrol stop Mexicans from entering the US and they are not intending to cause harm to the United States. Some of them are bad, just like some Palestinians are. But Mexico has not threatened The US with total destruction. Most are coming in because they want to work to support their families. Many Palestinians want the same but Israel is hesitate because when they were allowing access freely some would come just to carry out attacks on civilians riding on public transportation. I don’t get how a person is willing not only harm innocent people just trying to go to work or are going home. There were suicide bombings at a night club that killed many of the people just looking to have a good time. There was another Palestinian who blew himself up in a pizza restaurant that killed Americans. There was a suicide bomber who blew himself up at a popular mall on Purim I was in the IDF at that time and had an Apartment in Tel Aviv. I was hanging out with my friends we felt the concussion when the guy detonated his explosive vest. We ran to the sight and saw the wounded and those killed right away. I’m not trying to be graphic, but there were body parts all over. We helped the first responders with doing triage. Sorting out who might live and those expected not to survive the trip to the hospital. There is an Orthodox Jewish team that comes in and picks up all the pieces of the body parts and whips up the blood. I guess these incidents were Israeli fabrications. You can google Bombing at Dizengoff Center, and the other examples that I included. I’m not saying Israel has done everything right but look at all the facts then judge for yourself.

  2. they made their choices – tunnels and armaments over businesses and rebuilding of homes after the last Gaza conflict so it would be asking for trouble to allow them access. They had at least $5bn bestowed for their rebuilding and they preferred to produce their tunnels instead of giving consideration to families and developing stores, schools and anything of consequence.

  3. The fight against barbarian invaders some call "innocent" just because they are hungry is a lack of judgement. The powerful roman empire perished and was totally has been totally destroyed just by that kind of invaders who at the start came to their empire just because they were hungry. Then they killed the populations and took everything. Such "innocents"…

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