IDF Special Forces and members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces exchanged gunfire early Tuesday morning in an apparent operational mishap on the IDF’s part.
Members of an IDF undercover unit were driving through the city of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, which is under full PA control, when they encountered members of the PA’s security service on patrol. The encounter escalated into a gunfight.
No Israelis were injured, while the PA reports that two Arabs were lightly injured.
The IDF stated after the incident that during an operation to arrest terrorist operatives in Shechem, exchanges of fire broke out between IDF soldiers and those identified by the force as suspects.
In retrospect, it turned out that these were members of Palestinian security service.
The event will be investigated, the IDF stated.
The IDF did not state if it was successful in apprehending the terror suspects.
Reports indicate that the armored vehicles that the PA received a few weeks ago with Israel’s authorization were involved in the incident.
The IDF and the PA’s security forces usually maintain a close work relationship. The PA helps the IDF in its fight on terrorism, while the IDF helps the PA maintain its regime and thwarts attempts to overthrow it, specifically by Hamas.