Palestinian infiltrator with grenade caught near Israeli community


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian who infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip was caught with a hand grenade outside a southern Israeli community.

The Palestinian reportedly crossed the border fence near southern Gaza early Sunday morning and walked nearly five miles before he was caught by a community guard near Moshav Yated in the northwestern Negev. He was transferred to Israeli army security forces for questioning.

It reportedly was the first time in more than a year that a Palestinian has crossed illegally into Israel from Gaza.

The infiltration came shortly after three rockets fired from Gaza on southern Israel Saturday night exploded in open areas. A rocket fired on Saturday morning hit and damaged a road near Ashkelon.

More than 20 rockets have been fired at southern Israel from Gaza in less than two weeks.

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