Israeli soldier injured by friendly fire in Bethlehem operation

IDF investigating incident in which special unit soldier was shot by fellow soldiers.

August 9, 2017 07:36

IDF forces in the area around Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

An IDF soldier was moderately injured Tuesday night during an operation in Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

The Israeli army stated that the soldier was injured by friendly fire as IDF forces targeted two wanted persons, who attempted to escape.

The injured soldier, who belongs to the elite "Duvdevan" unit, which specializes in urban combat, was taken to the hospital.

The suspects were also injured in the incident and were rushed to receive medical treatment.

The IDF said the incident is being investigated.

IDF forces arrested 25 people in the West Bank overnight. Twenty-two of those detained were suspected in involvement in what the army referred to as "popular terror attacks," a term usually referring to rock throwing and rioting.

Among those arrested were the father and brother of the terrorist who last month took the lives of three family members in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

This is a developing story.
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