Israel detains 2 Palestinians on Gaza border

An Israeli unit arrested two Palestinian youths after crossing the fence into southern Israel.

Israel detains 2 Palestinians on Gaza border

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli forces have detained two Palestinians after attempting to sneak into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli army source said Tuesday.

An army unit on Gaza border has apprehended the two Palestinians who slipped across the fence into southern Israel, the source told army radio.

Palestinian eyewitnesses confirmed that an Israeli unit arrested two Palestinian youths after crossing the fence into southern Israel.

"The unit arrested them as soon as they crossed and took them to an undisclosed location," one witness told Anadolu Agency.

Every now and then, Israel announces the arrest of Palestinians who attempt to cross from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in search for work.

In 2013, Israeli forces detained 75 Palestinians, including 32 minors, who crossed from the Gaza Strip into Israel to seek work, according to Al Mizan Center for Human Rights.

Unemployment and poverty rates in the Gaza Strip have both exceeded 50 percent, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

Gaza's labor union estimates that nearly 30,000 workers in the Gaza Strip are jobless due to Israel's recent offensive on the Gaza Strip in addition to nearly 170,000 who have lost their work because of the years-long Israeli blockade.

At least 2,195 Palestinians were killed and nearly 11,000 injured in a 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in July and August.

The offensive came to a halt on August 26 under an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions.

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