Israeli military sources revealed last night that one of their soldiers lost his gun in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. He suspected that settlers stole it before the Palestinian Authority security services informed him that they had the weapon and would deliver it to him without delay.
The soldier was with the Kfir infantry brigade division responsible for night arrests in the occupied West Bank. He lost his gun on his way back to the Jewish settlement in the heart of Hebron after leaving it on the side of his Jeep. On reaching the settlement, he realised that his gun was missing and tried to look for it by retracing his steps, but didn’t find it. He then suspected that one of the settlers in the area had taken it.
The army later contacted the PA security services in this regard and officers were informed that the weapon had reached them after some Palestinians found it when it fell off the Jeep. The weapon was returned immediately to the officer in question. He later apologised to the settlers in Hebron, saying that he jumped to conclusions by accusing them.
The army has opened an investigation into the incident and punished the officer for his negligence.