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2 Israelis enter Qalqilya to retrieve stolen motorbike, are attacked, rescued by IDF

Father and son arrange meeting in West Bank city, have their car and gun stolen; pair taken for medical treatment, then for questioning over illegal entry to Palestinian area

This photo taken July 5, 2017 shows a neighborhood in the West Bank city of Qalqilya. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
This photo taken July 5, 2017 shows a neighborhood in the West Bank city of Qalqilya. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

A father and son from the center of the country were extracted by Israeli security forces from Qalqilya on Wednesday night after they entered the West Bank Palestinian city in an apparent attempt to retrieve a stolen motorbike.

Police said in a statement that the two had arranged to meet with a number of people in Qalqilya regarding the stolen vehicle.

Upon arriving at the designated meeting place, the two exited their car and were attacked by a number of suspects. Their vehicle was stolen, as well as the gun one of them was carrying.

The Israel Defense Forces received a report of the incident, the police said, and extracted the two from the city.

They were taken to the hospital for treatment for light injuries they sustained and were summoned for questioning at a police station on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Israelis are banned by an Israeli military order from entering Palestinian Authority areas (known as Area A). Arab Israelis, however, regularly patronize major Palestinian cities — some Jewish Israelis also enter them, but in much lower numbers.

Police said in their statement on Thursday that they reiterated the ban on Israelis entering such areas, saying it could pose a danger not only to their lives but also to any security forces required to rescue them.

Earlier this month, two Israelis were attacked and their car was set ablaze by a crowd of Palestinians after they entered downtown Ramallah.

After apparently following bad directions, the two found themselves near al-Manara Square in the de facto Palestinian Authority administrative capital, where they were assaulted by a large crowd of people. The pair was extracted by PA forces and handed over to Israeli authorities.

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