Israeli Soldiers’ App Use Leads to Deadly Fight in West Bank Camp

Israeli-developed driving app Waze said two Israeli soldiers who were using the app and mistakenly entered a Palestinian refugee camp were at fault

The Guardian reports:  Two Israeli soldiers sparked an hour-long deadly battle in a Palestinian refugee camp which they entered, apparently by mistake, while following the popular online navigation app Waze.

In the course of a rescue operation, during which helicopters and special forces were deployed, one Palestinian was killed and four injured while 10 Israeli security personnel were wounded.

The disclosure that the soldiers were using the Israeli-developed app provoked bafflement as its default setting – which the user has to override – prevents navigation in the West Bank.

Even when security settings are altered, the app is often inaccurate in the occupied territories, leading to questions about why soldiers in a military vehicle were using it to navigate.

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