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PA detains 2 Israeli soldiers entering Tulkarem

Oct. 17, 2012 4:24 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 18, 2012 7:20 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian security forces detained armed Israeli soldiers as they entered the West Bank city of Tulkarem by mistake, security sources said Wednesday.

The two soldiers were discovered at the Nour al-Shams checkpoint east of Tulkarem, the sources said.

Police pulled over their car, an Israeli-plated civilian vehicle, and weapons were found inside. The soldiers will be transferred to the Israeli side after coordination with a liaison office.

Security forces have determined that a GPS device in the soldiers' vehicle erroneously directed the driver to Tulkarem rather than their intended destination of Netanya in Israel.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the incident and said it was being checked.

Tulkarem is designated as Area A, which is theoretically under full Palestinian security control.

Israeli citizens are forbidden under Israeli law from entering West Bank cities. Palestinian security services occasionally detain Israeli civilians who enter Area A without approval.

In September, Palestinian Authority security forces arrested three armed soldiers in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Weapons were also found in that vehicle.

Israeli forces raid West Bank cities every night but rarely enter during daylight hours.
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