(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
24 February 2002
This evening, near Qalqilya, south of Ramallah, a vehicle approached an IDF roadblock at high speed. The soldiers manning the roadblock, who thought that the vehicle was going to hit them, fired warning shots into the air until the vehicle came to a stop.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the soldiers could not identify the car and did not know that the car belonged to Abu Ala, although his passage through the roadblock had been coordinated in advance through the appropriate liaison offices.
The IDF expresses regret over the incident and is continuing its investigation.