Three Israelis entered the West Bank city of Kalkilyah on Saturday morning in an attempt to recover a vehicle Palestinians allegedly stole from one of them, Judea and Samaria Police said.
While pursuing the vehicle, the three residents of Hod Hasharon
, aged 34, 36 and 37, apparently passed through Roadblock 422 and continued driving into Kalkilya
Police said that upon leaving Kalkilya, an IDF force noticed them, arrested them, and handed them over to the Samaria District police. However, the army said that the Palestinian police had detained them and handed them over to the IDF.
Police questioned the three under suspicion of entering Area A, areas under Palestinian security control, against the order of OC Central Command. They were released after the questioning.
The IDF Spokesman issued a reminder to the public of the ban by OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Ya'ir Naveh on Israelis from entering Palestinian areas A.
The Judea and Samaria Police spokesman emphasized that police took seriously entry into Area A that endangered lives. He added that over the coming days, charges would be filed against the three.
In the last couple of months, there has been a huge rise in burglaries and car thefts in communities adjacent to the West Bank.