5 Palestinians arrested after crossing into Israel from Gaza


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five Palestinians who crossed into Israel from Gaza were arrested and held for questioning.

The men were stopped by Israel Defense Forces soldiers at the security fence in southern Gaza on Sunday morning, the IDF said. They were carrying a variety of knives and a wire cutter. They were turned over to the Israel Security Agency for questioning.

They have not been identified, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

Earlier on Sunday morning, two Jordanian citizens were arrested after they entered Israel illegally. They were not carrying weapons. They also were turned over to the Israel Security Agency for  questioning.

On Friday, about 10,000 Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel. The demonstrations turned violent, with protesters burning tires and throwing rocks and explosives at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers responded with tear gas and live fire, injuring 23 Palestinian protesters.

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