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2 Israeli soldiers mistakenly enter Tulkarem using 'Waze' app, pelted with stones by local youth

Sept. 12, 2016 11:39 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2016 1:59 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Two Israeli soldiers mistakenly entered the Palestinian city of Tulkarem in the northern occupied West Bank on Monday after using the GPS navigation application Waze, and the two were surrounded by local youth who threw stones at the soldiers.

The spokesperson added that the two soldiers, who were both female, were lightly injured in the incident, and later transferred back into Israeli army custody after intervention by Israeli police and Israel’s Civil Administration in coordination with Palestinian security services.

According to Israeli news Ynet, the two soldiers lost their way while using the GPS navigation application Waze.

It was the same app used by Israeli soldiers who mistakenly entered Qalandiya refugee camp in March, sparking fierce clashes between local Palestinians and the Israeli forces sent into the camp to rescue the two soldiers.

During the clashes, 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, a journalism student at al-Quds University in Abu Dis, was shot by Israeli soldiers in the head and killed. Some 12 other residents of Qalandiya were injured by live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters.

At least ten members of the Israeli forces, including five soldiers and five border police, were also injured during the incursion.

An investigation launched after the incident resulted in the Israeli army forbidding its soldiers from using Waze.

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