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Israeli forces detain Palestinian crossing border fence from Gaza

Aug. 20, 2017 12:07 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2017 3:34 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army said it detained a Palestinian who was attempting to cross from the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel on Saturday.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers identified the suspect as he was trying to infiltrate Israel from northern Gaza, and that he was apprehended and taken in for interrogation.

There are regular reports of residents of the Gaza Strip -- which marked its tenth anniversary under a crippling Israeli blockade this year -- attempting to cross into Israel.

The continued Israeli siege and three devastating Israeli army offensives on the small territory in less than a decade, coupled with Palestinian Authority (PA) policies aimed at further pushing Gaza into a humanitarian crisis, has made life unbearable for many Palestinians in Gaza.

In 2012, the UN warned that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if current trends were not altered. However, a report released in July by the UN said that “life for the average Palestinian in Gaza is getting more and more wretched,” and that for the majority of Gaza's residents, the territory may already be unlivable.
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