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'Mentally unstable' Israeli crosses into Gaza

Israeli Bedouin returned home hours after: army

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A "mentally unstable" Israeli Bedouin on Tuesday crossed into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after jumping over the heavily-fortified border barrier but was returned hours later, the army said.

An Israeli army patrol spotted the man as he was crossing the security fence into the Hamas-ruled territory late on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

"Following an investigation it appears that the man is a Bedouin from the village of Houra in the Negev area known to be mentally unstable," he told AFP.

"This is not the first time the man has tried to cross into Gaza, Egypt or Jordan."

Hours later, the man was returned.

"He was returned this morning at Erez (border crossing) safe and sound," an army spokesman said.

In early December, Israeli troops shot dead another apparently mentally ill Israeli man who tried to scale the border fence around Gaza.

Following an investigation it appears that the man is a Bedouin from the village of Houra in the Negev area known to be mentally unstable

Military spokesman