A knife-wielding Palestinian who entered from the Gaza Strip was detained Sunday night by community security officers near the border area after he attacked and lightly wounded one of them in a suspected terrorist attack.
The suspect was neutralized by officers in the Hevel Shalom area, near the confluence of the Israeli, Gazan and Egyptian borders.
According to preliminary details from the incident, a local spotted a suspicious-looking person walking along the highway and reported him to the security personnel.
A security officer arrived at the scene and questioned the suspect, who then pulled out a knife and stabbed him. The officer, who was lightly wounded, shot the terrorist and neutralized him.
The suspect is believed to have crossed the border from Gaza into Israel through the Kerem Shalom border crossing after forces searched him and found documents from the Palestinian enclave's southern city of Rafah.
The commander of the Gaza Division, Brigadier General Nimrod Aloni, arrived at the scene.
Local residents were urged to remain indoors while IDF forces canvassed the area. Eshkol Regional Council announced that locals were allowed to leave their homes again after no other suspects were found.