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Video Shows Moments of High Tension in Nablus Following Exposure of Two Undercover Israeli Soldiers by Palestinian Police

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IDF troops in Nablus on Saturday night. Photo: Screenshot.

A video published by Israel’s Channel 2 on Sunday shows the moments of high tension in the West Bank city of Nablus last night following the detention by Palestinian Authority police of two undercover IDF soldiers.

The soldiers — members of the Israeli military’s elite Duvdevan unit — were in the midst of an operational mission when their vehicle was stopped at a pop-up PA police checkpoint in Nablus. The officers at the checkpoint realized they were not Palestinians and they were detained and brought to a PA police station in the city.

Large numbers of IDF troops were speedily dispatched to close off the area and rescue the detainees. Young Palestinian rioters hurled rocks and other items at Israeli forces who arrived outside the police station.

In the video, an Israeli soldier can be heard cautioning a Palestinian at the scene, “The entire army will come here, all the helicopters. There will be a war here.”

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Ultimately, after coordination between the PA and the Civil Administration (the Israeli governing body in the West Bank), the two detained Duvdevan soldiers were freed and their equipment — including their personal weapons — was also returned to the IDF.

Watch footage of the incident below:

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