An Israeli security force accidentally found an unidentified object near a Palestinian family’s home in the occupied West Bank last week, according to a senior official.
The incident happened last Wednesday, after the family had moved into the house, the official said.
An Israeli military vehicle spotted the object and alerted the police, who found it and took it to the Israeli Civil Administration, the senior official told The Jerusalem Report.
The object, which was covered in a red substance, was found by a resident of the family’s property and later taken to the Civil Administration to be examined.
The object was not visible from the family home, and it was not immediately known what it was, the source said.
The Civil Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the official, the object was an object with a small diameter, weighing between 1 and 1.5 kilograms.
The IDF did not respond to The Jerusalem Request for Comments.
The family did not have any security guards at the house and did not take any steps to secure the object, the sources said.
The objects found were “obvious” to the officer who spotted them, the officer told The Israel Times.
The officer told the newspaper the object may have been the size of a small bottle, and was likely from the United Arab Emirates.
The Israeli military did not reply to The Israel Report’s request for comments.
A spokesman for the Civil Agency did not answer questions about the object’s origin.
He told The Times that the object had been identified as an “unidentified substance” and “meteorological data suggested that it was likely an unidentified aircraft or vehicle.”
The Civil Administration is tasked with monitoring and protecting Palestinian property and building sites and is authorized to inspect buildings for security and environmental concerns.
The Israeli military is responsible for patrolling Palestinian neighborhoods and ensuring that such sites are safe.
A spokesperson for the IDF said the military was looking into the incident.
“The Civil Authority is working to identify the object that was found near the Palestinian family home,” the IDF spokesperson told The Associated Press.
The IDF did “not discover the object by accident,” the spokesperson said.
“The object was discovered by an IDF officer, who alerted the Civil Authority to it.
We do not know what it is.
We are working on the information.”