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Israeli army raids Hebron-area town after soldier mistakenly drives into the town

March 27, 2017 10:05 P.M. (Updated: March 28, 2017 3:55 P.M.)
(File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles stormed the town of Sair east of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday evening after young Palestinian men in the town threw stones at an Israeli military vehicle that entered the town by accident.

Local sources told Ma'an that more than 30 Israeli military vehicles stormed the town to back up the soldier driving the vehicle, who locals said stepped out of the vehicle and fired gunshots into the air after local youth began throwing stones at the vehicle.

Israeli forces who arrived then fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the young men. No Palestinian injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli news sites reported that the soldier sustained a minor injury during the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “a Palestinian mob hurled rocks at an Israeli army soldier after he mistakenly entered the village of Sair in a military vehicle. The soldier was wounded and was evacuated to a hospital for further treatment.”

Earlier this month
, three Israeli settlers were reportedly “rescued” from Qalandiya refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank, after they had accidentally wandered into the area.

Israeli news site Ynet reported at the time that the three were lightly injured after being stoned by the camp's residents, and were eventually "rescued" by Israeli security forces.

In March 2016, Israeli soldiers mistakenly entered Qalandiya refugee camp, 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.

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