WATCH: IDF soldiers in Qalandiya rescue mission

IDF releases footage showing soldiers operating under fire to rescue two comrades who accidentally strayed into hostile Arab territory.

Tags: IDF Qalandiya
Ari Soffer ,

פעילות כוחות צה"ל במחנה הפליטים קלנדיה
פעילות כוחות צה"ל במחנה הפליטים קלנדיה
צילום: דובר צה"ל

Dramatic footage has emerged showing IDF soldiers during an operation to rescue two comrades stranded in the hostile Arab town of Qalandiya, as they found themselves under attack by Palestinian terrorists.

An initial investigation revealed the two soldiers, who were traveling in a civilian car from the town of Bet El to an IDF base just north of Jerusalem, accidentally ended up in Palestinian Authority-controlled Area A after failing to properly program their GPS system.

An Arab mob quickly descended on the lost soldiers, hurling concrete blocks, firebombs and explosives at them, and setting their vehicle on fire. The two quickly fled in opposite directions - evasive action which an IDF report concluded likely saved their lives.

They were found and rescued shortly after, with the entire rescue operation taking approximately one hour in total.

Rescue forces who arrived came under sustained gunfire from Palestinian terrorists, prompting them to return fire, killing one and injuring 10 others.

Five rescue forces were also wounded, including one who was seriously injured.