Gazan Palestinian caught near Israeli community with grenade

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian who infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip was caught while armed with a hand grenade outside of a southern Israeli community.

The Palestinian reportedly crossed the border fence near southern Gaza early on Sunday morning. He reportedly walked nearly five miles and was caught by a community guard near Moshav Yated in the northwestern Negev.

He was transferred to army security forces for questioning.

It reportedly is the first time in more than a year that a Palestinian has crossed illegally into Israel from Gaza.

The infiltration came shortly after three rockets fired from Gaza on southern Israel Saturday night exploded in open areas. A rocket fired on Saturday morning hit and damaged a road near Ashkelon.

More than 20 rockets have been fired at southern Israel from Gaza in less than two weeks.