Another Israeli civilian crosses into Hamas-controlled Gaza



The Israel-Gaza border fence. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An Israeli civilian was spotted jumping the border fence in Hamas-controlled Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday. The IDF reportedly determined that the civilian is a Bedouin man. The incident is under investigation.

This is the third time since 2014 that an Israeli citizen has crossed into the Gaza Strip. Avraham Mengistu, a 29-year-old Ethiopian Israeli from Ashkelon, climbed the border fence and entered Gaza in September 2014.

The IDF believes Mengistu is being held captive by Hamas. Another Israeli citizen, Bedouin man Hisham al-Sayed, crossed into Gaza in April 2015. He suffers from schizophrenia. Neither Mengistu nor al-Sayed have been heard from since they left Israel.

Posted on July 12, 2016 .