A youth from the Gaza Strip infiltrated into Israel on Wednesday night, was captured by Israeli forces and was returned home shortly after.
The IDF stated that the youth was not armed and was returned to the Strip after questioning.
No one was wounded in the incident.
Infiltration attempts on the border with the Strip happen several times a week, usually by Gazan Arabs seeking work in Israel. However, the Israeli forces treat each such incident as a potential terrorist attack.
The IDF arrested a Sudanese citizen who attempted to cross into Israel from Lebanon on Tuesday night, the army stated.
The infiltrator was captured inside the town of Shlomi, which is a fair distance away from the border.
No one was injured in the incident.
Incidents of the IDF intercepting Sudanese work migrants crossing from Lebanon have become frequent in recent months.
Israel in recent years has become a sought-after destination by work migrants from Africa, coming primarily through Egypt. Israel has built a fence along the Egyptian border to block the flow of work migrants, bringing down the number of infiltrators annually from thousands to a mere few.
It appears that the African work migrants are seeking new ways to illegally enter the country.
Gaza-based terrorists fired a rocket at Israeli territory on Monday night that exploded in an open area, causing no casualties or damage.
In response, an IDF aircraft attacked an infrastructure used for underground operations by the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip, and IDF tanks attacked the organization’s military positions on the border.
There were no reports on casualties in Gaza.
This rocket attack occurred after over a month of quiet in the area.
The Border Police’s Special Forces arrested two Arabs suspected throwing firebombs at an armored Border Police vehicle in Jerusalem last month.
Information from the Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) led to an undercover operation in Abu Dis early Sunday morning and the arrest of two terrorists suspected of attacking the Border Police vehicle with Molotov cocktails while it was on patrol in the Abu Dis area.
The vehicle was destroyed but there were no casualties.
The two suspects, in their 30s, were transferred for further investigation.
The Border Police emphasized in a Sunday statement that this activity joins another operation from last week during which Border Policemen arrested a terrorist squad that threw Molotov cocktails and explosives at the Governor’s Post in Abu Dis.
“The security forces will continue to cooperate fully in counterterrorism and terrorist detention,” the Border Police said.
Israel welcomed the US ‘ announcement that it was leveling sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague over its attempts to prosecute US troops and the Jewish State for alleged war crimes.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday stating that the ICC was infringing on the US’ sovereignty and any attempt to arrest US citizens within the framework of the ICC’s investigations “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the US.”
He authorized economic sanctions against any official at the International Criminal Court who investigates US troops.
In a press conference, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that the US is “also gravely concerned about the threat the court poses to Israel.”
“The ICC is already threatening Israel with an investigation of so-called war crimes committed by its forces and personnel in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip,” he stated.
“Given Israel’s robust civilian and military legal system and strong track record of investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing by military personnel, it’s clear the ICC is only putting Israel in its crosshairs for nakedly political purposes. It’s a mockery of justice,” he added.
More than 300 members of Congress recently sent Pompeo letters asking that the US support Israel in the face of the ICC’s “lawless, politicized attacks.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi thanked Trump and the US for “the decision to take steps against the ICC for its politically motivated and illegitimate attempts to assert jurisdiction against Israel and the US.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Trump and Pompeo for “their bold leadership in sanctioning the corrupt and biased International Criminal Court.”
In April, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda affirmed her attempt to exercise jurisdiction over Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled areas in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza through a new filing to the Court.
Bensouda made the move even though seven states that are party to the Rome Statute, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Uganda, have made formal submissions to the Court that assert that the ICC does not have jurisdiction to proceed with this investigation.
Earlier that month, Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz, Coordinator of the Intermenstrual Task Force for the ICC, stated that “as someone who has closely followed” developments at the ICC, he is “forced to conclude that the Prosecutor’s latest position continues to espouse her typical anti-Israel stance, as influenced by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the global BDS movement.”
“The Prosecutor’s disregard for the opinions of some of the world’s leading experts on international law points to her determination to harm the State of Israel and tarnish its name,” he charged.
“In the name of this objective she has reformulated the rules of international law, inventing a Palestinian state while the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has yet to be concluded,” he added.
“Israel will continue to be proud of the fact that it is the only liberal democracy in the entire Middle East – and to vigorously reject baseless attempts to tarnish its name and harm its soldiers and civilians,” he concluded.