IDF Force Prevents Infiltration of Israeli Community Barqan, 22 July 2010

Overnight an IDF force identified a number of Palestinians infiltrating the Israeli community of Barqan. A night-watch that was set by the IDF because of numerous attempts made to infiltrate the community in the past few weeks identified last night’s attempt. The force identified the infiltrators, one of them suspected to be armed and opened fire.  One of the infiltrators died as a result, and the other escaped. IDF soldiers have been searching the area.

Following the incident, the Head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai, contacted the commanders of the Palestinian organizations and called them to conduct a joint investigation into the incident. In addition, messages were delievered to senior Palestinian officials in order to avert tension in the region. The civil administrations’ call for a joint investigation was accepted and a Palestinian representative has already arrived on site. Additional details of the incident are being reviewed.