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Israeli soldiers enter Tulkarem 'by mistake,' escorted out by Palestinian forces

Nov. 28, 2016 4:27 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 10:16 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Four Israeli soldiers mistakenly entered Tulkarem on Monday and were escorted out of the city by Palestinian security forces, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.

According to the spokesperson, the soldiers entered the northern occupied West Bank city by car “by mistake” on Monday, and were escorted out by Palestinian Authority security forces.

The army spokesperson added that rocks were thrown at the Israeli army vehicle as it exited Tulkarem, and that one soldier was lightly wounded.

The Israeli army was reviewing the incident to see how the soldiers accidentally entered Tulkarem, which is located in Area A, the 18 percent of the West Bank which Israelis are officially forbidden from entering.

The incident marked the second time in the span of a couple of months that Israeli soldiers mistakenly entered Tulkarem.

Two Israeli soldiers were using the GPS navigation application Waze in September when they entered the city.

The same app was used by Israeli soldiers who mistakenly entered Qalandiya refugee camp in March, sparking fierce clashes between local Palestinians and the Israeli forces sent into the camp to rescue the two soldiers.

During the clashes, 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, a journalism student at al-Quds University in Abu Dis, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers and killed.

An investigation launched after the killing resulted in the Israeli army forbidding its soldiers from using Waze in the occupied Palestinian territory.
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