A military spokesperson told The Times of Israel that the bus did indeed enter the Palestinian side of the southern West Bank city by accident, but left soon after.
He did not comment on the report of PA police escorting the bus.
There were no injuries in the incident, the spokesperson said.
Incidents of Israeli soldiers accidentally entering areas of the West Bank not under Israeli control and then being escorted by PA forces have been frequent in recent years.
Each time, the IDF has reiterated the importance of not relying solely on road navigation applications such as Waze in the troubled region.
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The moment the security forces pulled out a bus carrying a group of occupation soldiers and handed them over to the occupation after it mistakenly entered Wadi Al-Hariya in # Hebron. pic.twitter.com/X7Tq7beUiw
– Al-Aqsa TV channel (@AqsaTVChannel) August 1, 2021
In a separate incident near Hebron, an Israeli settler was filmed this week firing a soldier’s rifle at Palestinians in the area.
The incident happened on July 26, but footage of the event was only released on Sunday August 1 by left-wing NGO B’Tselem.
An army spokesman said the settler “took the soldier’s gun and fired in the air”, in the middle of what he described as a stone throw at a vehicle. military.
The soldier was questioned by his superiors and procedures clarified to him, the military said.
Palestinian eyewitnesses told the daily Haaretz that the soldier handed the weapon to the settler and was not taken by force.
B’Tselem published material in which a Jew was seen firing a military weapon at Palestinians in the southern Hebron Mountains, near the village of a-Tawani, last June. He arrived at the scene in a military vehicle, with the soldiers. No Palestinian casualties were reported as a result of the shooting@carmeldangor pic.twitter.com/gbEPPEvAHX
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There were no injuries in the incident near Hebron, the army said.