An IDF force on Tuesday morning arrested three Muslim terrorists armed with knives and grenades after they had infiltrated Israel from Gaza. The terrorists were caught in the Tze’elim area, about 20 kilometers from the Gaza border.
A police sapper was dispatched to the area to neutralize the grenades with the help of a police robot.
The incident is being investigated. There were no reports of injuries. The IDF instructed Gaza vicinity residents to return to their routine schedule.
Earlier, IDF forces conducted an extensive search in the border fence area in southern Gaza after detecting footprints near the fence during a routine activity. Security personnel at the nearby communities were placed on a heightened state of alert.
A police spokesperson said the report on the terrorists’ arrest was received in the midst of the search. “The three suspects were handed over to the Israel Police and a police sapper is working to neutralize and dispose of the weapons. The Israel Police are continuing their extensive activity and the public is requested to report any suspicious incident to the 100 emergency telephone number.”
Eshkol Regional Council head Gadi Yarkoni told Ynet, “The IDF must investigate this incident to prevent such things from repeating themselves. Such an incident could have ended differently. There are many unknown factors here. On the one hand, they infiltrated with ammunition, and on the other hand, there was no resistance. With all the means at our disposal, we cannot afford to have armed people walking around 20 kilometers from the fence.”