An Israeli soldier was killed on Monday night in an apparent incident of friendly fire near the West Bank city of Tulkarem.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, a soldier operating in the seam zone area — a swath of West Bank land on the Israeli side of the barrier — came under fire by another soldier for unclear reasons.
The soldier’s family was notified, the military said in a statement. An investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.
The IDF initially reported the incident as a shooting attack, and according to Palestinian media, troops began to search for suspected gunmen in the Palestinian city.
But shortly thereafter, a military official said the incident was likely friendly fire. Citing a preliminary investigation, the IDF said the incident was not a shooting attack by Palestinians.
The soldier — who was not immediately named — was taken to a hospital and later died of his wounds.
According to the preliminary probe cited by the Kan public broadcaster Monday, the soldier left a guardpost near the city for a short while, and when he returned, his comrade stationed there opened fire at him.
Earlier this year, two IDF officers from a commando unit were killed in a friendly fire accident at a base in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.