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Bus with IDF soldiers mistakenly enters Palestinian area of Hebron

Palestinian reports say PA police escorted IDF troops to safety; military acknowledges bus ‘accidentally’ passed through the area for a short while

A bus of IDF soldiers is seen in the West Bank city of Hebron, August 1, 2021. (Video screenshot)
A bus of IDF soldiers is seen in the West Bank city of Hebron, August 1, 2021. (Video screenshot)

Palestinian Authority police escorted a bus of Israeli troops that entered a PA-controlled section of Hebron on Sunday, according to Palestinian media reports.

A military spokesperson told The Times of Israel that the bus had indeed entered the Palestinian side of the southern West Bank city by accident, but left shortly afterward.

He did not comment on the report of PA police escorting the bus.

There were no injuries in the incident, the spokesperson said.

Incidents of Israeli soldiers accidentally entering areas in the West Bank not under Israeli control and then being escorted out by PA forces have been frequent in recent years.

Each time, the IDF has repeated the importance of not relying solely on traffic navigation apps such as Waze in the troubled region.

In a separate incident near Hebron, an Israeli settler was filmed this week firing from a soldier’s rifle at Palestinians in the area.

The incident occurred July 26, but the footage of the event was only released on Sunday, August 1, by the left-wing B’Tselem NGO.

A spokesperson for the military said the settler “took the gun from the soldier and fired in the air,” amid what it described as stone-throwing toward a military vehicle.

The soldier was called for questioning by his superiors, and procedures were clarified to him, the military said.

Palestinian eyewitnesses told the Haaretz daily that the soldier gave the settler the gun, and it was not taken from him by force.

There were no injuries in the incident near Hebron, the army said.

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