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6 Palestinians arrested near border fence

IDF continues to investigate Saturday's infiltration, considers enhancing fence. Meanwhile, six Gazans believed to be seeking information for terror groups caught trying to cross the fence yet again

IDF forces arrested six Palestinian youths trying to cross the border fence from the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday. The youths were taken in for questioning and IDF sources believe the six were sent to gather information for terror organizations.


The incident occurred just one day after two gunmen carrying an explosive device managed to infiltrate into Israel.


A military source said on Sunday, "Yesterday's infiltration would not have been possible if information had not been collected in advance. The Palestinians know that the border fence is military territory and that anyone hanging around there is taking a huge risk. It is well-known that terror organizations use boys (to collect information), this is part of the way they operate."


Upon identifying Saturday's infiltrators, Israeli troops opened fire and killed the gunmen. Later Saturday two Palestinians suspected of aiding the gunmen were arrested in the northern Strip.


The Israel Defense Forces have been investigating Saturday's incident and military sources said that despite the fact that the incident ended well, enhancing security at the fence should be considered since there is not detection of human contact in the area.


"Terror organizations are constantly seeking a week point in our defense system," an IDF source said, "Yesterday they tried to turn the wall, which is meant to be an obstacle, into an advantage. We will know how to draw the right conclusions."


Considering enhancing fence 

The 9 meter (29 feet) high, 2.5 km (1.5 miles) long concrete wall was built as the IDF's line of defense following the implementation of the disengagement plan.The concrete section of the border fence was meant to provide security to the nearby communities, mainly from snipers.


Unlike electronic fences, the wall does not have the technological means to detect human contact, and it is only secured by cameras and military forces patrolling the area.


"Yesterday's fog significantly impaired vision. The terrorists knew and and used that," the source said.


In an attempted to reinforce security, Hadas Detection & Decoding Systems Ltd. will present the defense establishment with one of its recent developments. The Delta system is composed of sensors planted in the ground that are capable of "hearing" to the environment and reporting movement to the control system.


Hadas CEO Dr Gil Pogozelich told Ynet that a similar system exists in a portable form, "Fortis". "This system enables the movement of the sensors to wherever the force is and the stationary system enables their distribution to any desired location in order to warn of any motion."


According to Pogozelich, a number of civilian companies are already using the system in strategic facilities in southern Israel. "The subject has come up in informal talks with defense establishment officials, and it is ultimately a question of recourse considerations," he said.


פרסום ראשון: 08.26.07, 15:05
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