Scene of accident
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IDF soldiers admit involvement in hit-and-run
Accident near Kiryat Arba initially thought to be terrorist attack; three soldiers later confess to wounding teen and escaping scene

In what initially appeared to be a terrorist attack, an 18-year-old Jewish teen sustained light to moderate wounds in a hit-and-run accident last week.


Three IDF soldiers who initially denied involvement in the incident later confessed to committing the act.


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Last Thursday, a vehicle carrying the three soldiers hit a man standing at a junction near the settlement of Kiryat Arba. Security forces stationed in the area suspected there had been a terror attack and called for reinforcements.


A short while later, the three soldiers were caught at a roadblock placed by the Shai District Police and were taken in for questioning.


The three initially denied any involvement in the event but later admitted they had ran the man over and escaped the scene. They said they thought they would not get caught.


The soldiers face criminal charges once enough evidence against them is collected.


A source close to the investigation said, "This is a very serious case, especially considering that the drivers were soldiers." He admonished the three for not only fleeing the scene after the accident but for causing large forces to be called up over a false terror alert.


The victim is still hospitalized at the Shaare Zedej Hospital in Jerusalem.




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