Israel detains 2 Palestinians near Gaza border

Israeli army detains two youths from Palestine after they attempted to cross into the Jewish state

Israel detains 2 Palestinians near Gaza border
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
The Israeli army on Friday detained two Palestinian youths from the Gaza Strip after they crossed the border into the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

The two youths had crossed a border fence into southern Israel, eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency.

Israeli army troops, they added, had fired into farmland in eastern Gaza before detaining the pair.

The Israeli army has not yet commented on the incident.

Israel occasionally announces the arrest of Palestinians found trying to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel in search of work.

Palestinian rights groups say that over 24 Palestinians have been arrested since October of 2014 for crossing from Gaza into Israel.

Unemployment and poverty rates in the embattled Gaza Strip have both now surpassed the 50-percent mark, according to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics.

Gaza's labor union estimates that nearly 30,000 Gazans lost their jobs as a direct result of Israel's deadly military offensive last summer, along with nearly 170,000 others who remain unemployed due to Israel's years-long blockade of the coastal enclave.

In July and August of 2014, more than 2,160 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed – and some 11,000 injured – during Israel's 51-day military onslaught.

The offensive finally ended on Aug. 26 with a cease-fire signed in Cairo between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions.

 

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