Israel Police launched a manhunt for a potential terrorist in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva on Thursday. Police have blocked entrances and exits to the city and have asked the public to be on alert after receiving information about a potential assailant.
Two Palestinians were arrested early Thursday after crossing the border into Israel from Gaza illegally in the fifth incident along the border in as many days. The two were caught not long after entering and not far from where they crossed into Israel. They were found to have a knife and large cutters.
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On Wednesday, a resident of Gaza was arrested on the Zikim beach on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip. He was arrested near the border and taken in for questioning, but no weapons were found on his person.
This is the most recent in a series of events along the Gaza border as tensions escalate between Israel and Gaza.
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Earlier on Wednesday, Israel shelled Hamas posts in Gaza after two Palestinians were arrested near the border for setting a fire. On Tuesday, three Palestinians were found and arrested over 12 miles into Israeli territory carrying grenades and knives. On Saturday, Israel struck Hamas targets after four Palestinians carrying bottles filled with flammable material approached the fence on foot and managed to cross the border into Israel near Kibbutz Kissufim.
The Israeli army also said it will impose a closure on the West Bank and Gaza crossings for the duration of the Passover holiday.