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Clan Fighting in Arab Settlement 'Hits IAF Helicopter'

Report: infighting leads to accidental misfire on IAF copter; no injuries or damage reported.
By Ido Ben-Porat
First Publish: 5/13/2014, 9:32 AM

Helicopter (illustrative)
Helicopter (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

An IAF helicopter was shot at overnight, the pilot reported early Tuesday, while flying over the Arab settlement of Kafr Yatta in the Hevron Hills. 

The IDF stated that the investigation revealed that the shots were the result of clan-based infighting in the area and were not directed at the IAF helicopter. No injuries or damage were reported.

In March, an IAF helicopter was forced to land near Kafr Yatta after suffering technical difficulties. The emergency landing caused no injuries, but led to a security problem: IDF soldiers are not safe in the Palestinian Arab flashpoint zone.

Security staff and technical assistants were immediately rushed to the scene, to prevent the area's residents from attacking the helicopter crew. The crew and all personnel were eventually evacuated to a nearby Air Force base.