Jerusalem24 – A preliminary investigation conducted by the Israeli army concluded that two of its members were injured by friendly fire in an armed clash that occurred during a massive arrest campaign carried out by their forces at dawn yesterday in the occupied West Bank. The campaign led to the death of five Palestinian youths, and the injury and arrest of others.
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation stated that the army’s initial investigations showed that an officer and a soldier in the Dovdovan unit were wounded by Israeli army fire during an armed clash in the village of Burqin, southwest of Jenin.
According to the report, unlike similar incidents that occurred in the past, the forces of the “Dovdovan” unit did not target its commander and two liaison soldiers who were seriously wounded, after failing to identify them and believing that they were Palestinian fighters.
The report pointed out that the two members of the Israeli military were, “wounded due to the difficult fighting conditions under heavy and mutual firing.” The report pointed out that the clash that took place near the town of Bedou, northwest of the occupied city of Jerusalem, was the fiercest.
Kan 11 reported that the Israeli army, following the initial investigation, decided to work to “prevent the recurrence of such incidents in expected close arrest campaigns” in the occupied West Bank.
In a related matter, the channel suggested that the intensive military operations of the Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank will continue in the coming days, with the aim of “finding weapons prepared to carry out operations against Israeli targets.”
The channel’s military affairs correspondent, Roi Sharon, stated that one of the most important objectives of the operation, which was launched at dawn on Sunday, was the confiscation and finding of weapons and combat tools that were to be used in operations against Israeli targets.
He added that the Israeli army was not able to find the weapons it alleges exist, and searched for them during the arrests in the West Bank. This failure will push it to continue its military activities in the coming days, referring to the intensification of raids on Palestinian villages across the West Bank.