Gazans Infiltrate Israel, Attempt to Damage Barrier Construction Machines

Hamas security forces secure the area while Palestinian bulldozers, at foreground, and Israeli backhoes, at midground, search the destroyed tunnel for the missing of five Islamic Jihad militants near the Israeli border east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The Islamic Jihad, says five of its members …
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The Times of Israel reports: A group of Palestinians from Gaza infiltrated into Israel and tried to damage machinery being used to construct a new anti-tunnel barrier around the coastal enclave on Saturday night, the army said.

The four Palestinians fled the scene as Israeli troops arrived, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The infiltration occurred early Saturday evening along the southern Gaza border. The IDF spokesperson would not elaborate on how the men tried to damage the equipment being used to construct an above- and below-ground barrier around the Strip.

The men tried to set fire to some of the machinery. Video footage filmed by al-Jazeera showed the group of four men, with help from a fifth, cutting the security fence. The masked Palestinian men run up and over an earth berm, into the area where the engineering equipment was sitting unattended.

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