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Suspected Palestinian car thief indicted for breaking into sensitive air base

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A Palestinian man was indicted Thursday for breaking into a highly sensitive Israeli Air Force base last month after stealing a car, leading security forces on an hours-long manhunt inside the facility.

The 20-year-old, from the southern West Bank village of Dahariya, allegedly stole a car in Dimona and when police began chasing him, drove into the Nevatim airbase — home to F-35 stealth fighter jets, the military’s most advanced aircraft — through a gate that had been left open, puncturing the vehicle’s tires on security spikes.

He continued on foot into the city-sized base, leading to a massive search involving ground troops, helicopters, and special forces, which ended some seven hours later after it was determined that the suspect had in fact fled the base less than an hour after entering, according to the military.

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The suspect was charged with entering Israel illegally, driving without a valid license, attempted car theft, entering a military zone, obstructing a police officer performing his duties, and more. A stolen car that was........

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