Female Israeli Soldiers Rescued After Mistakenly Entering Palestinian City

Israeli female soldiers of the 33rd Caracal Battalion take part in a graduation march in the northern part of the southern Israeli Negev desert, on March 13 2013. The Caracal unit is an infantry combat battalion of the army, composed of both male and female soldiers mostly serving along the …
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The Times of Israel reports: Two IDF women soldiers were rescued from the West Bank city of Tulkarem on Monday, after they mistakenly entered the area and had rocks thrown at their vehicle, an army spokesperson said.

When the army received reports that the soldiers had accidentally entered the Palestinian city, the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, along with the Israel Police, hastened to rescue the soldiers.

Once they were extracted from Tulkarem, the soldiers “were transferred to IDF custody,” a spokesperson said.

It was not immediately clear how the soldiers mistakenly entered the city, the spokesperson added.

“The incident will be investigated,” the army said.

In March, two Israeli soldiers accidentally drove an army vehicle into Qalandiya refugee camp, prompting deadly clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces after a rescue operation. The two were apparently guided into the volatile camp by Waze, the popular Israeli-made GPS navigation application.

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