IDF finds Duvdevan troops wounded by friendly fire

An investigation into the serious injuries of two Duvdevan forces during the arrest of Hamas terrorists in September has found that they were hit by friendly fire.

The two troops, Captain D and Sgt. Y., were seriously injured during a shootout in the West Bank village of Burqin when they clashed with armed Palestinian terrorists. One of the men was shot in the chest and lost one of his lungs, while the other was shot in the jaw and stomach. The two also suffered shrapnel wounds.

The wave of arrests in five different locations in the West Bank targeted a Hamas cell that Israeli security forces had been tracking for several days and was planning an attack. The raids were led by the Duvdevan counter-terrorism unit, as well as the YAMAM and YAMAS counter-terrorism units of the border police and the Israel police and the Shin Bet security services.

The findings of the investigation were presented this week by the Chief of the Divisional General Central Command. Yehuda Fuchs to the IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General. Aviv Kohavi.

The chief of staff declared that the troops had accomplished their mission by dissolving much of a Hamas terror cell in the West Bank. Sources said at the time that the large and heavily armed Hamas cell that was targeted during the arrests planned to carry out attacks in the West Bank and inside Israel.

IDF soldiers from the Duvdevan Unit (credit: OFFICE OF THE IDF SPOKESPERSON)

But the serious injury to the two forces, an office and a soldier led to an in-depth investigation.

The investigation revealed that during the operation to arrest one of the terrorists, the man opened fire on the troops who were in the courtyard of the house, and they, in turn, responded with fire. The terrorist ran out of the courtyard and an IDF commander outside along with his soldier shot the suspect and hit him.

During the chase, they entered the courtyard and were hit by friendly fire.

Kohavi accepted the conclusions of the investigation as presented, including the error of entering the courtyard without operational coordination with the rest of the force, the military said, adding that he “emphasized the importance of understanding and controlling the troops in the environment. operating in which they operate “.

Wishing the men a speedy recovery, he said that “in this incident, the Duvedvan Unit fighters used their bodies to prevent Israeli citizens from being harmed.”

“The IDF will continue to thwart terrorism, protect civilians, and at the same time thoroughly investigate each incident, learn, and improve. At the same time, mistakes occur in combat and we will also support you even when you have made a mistake, I trust in you, in your fighting spirit, in the revelation of the truth and in your ability to learn. “

Five Palestinians were killed during the wave of arrests that took place in Burqin, Jenin, Qabatiya, Kfr Dan and Bidu north of Jerusalem.

The arrest operation began before midnight on Saturday night when Duvdevan’s troops arrested a suspect along with his weapon in Jenin without resistance. Shortly after midnight, Duvdevan’s troops carried out another raid on the village of Kfr Dan north of the flash point city and arrested another suspect without violence.

Another raid, in the village of Burqin, near Jenin, targeted another armed suspect. Shots occurred after IDF troops surrounded the house where the suspect was hiding and demanded that he leave.

The suspect was injured by IDF troops after a shooting that broke out, was arrested and taken into custody along with his weapon.

A second shooting broke out in the village of Burqin between suspects and Duvdevan troops, as well as YAMAM troops from the Israel Police. The suspects who died from the IDF fire were identified as 22-year-old Osama Sobah and 16-year-old Yosef Sobah.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad later endorsed Osama Sobah as a member of the group and threatened that “black days await Israel in the West Bank. Their crimes will only intensify our resistance and unity. “

Three other armed Palestinians were killed in clashes in Bidu with YAMAM troops. The three suspects killed, all Hamas militants, were identified as Ahmad Zahran, Mahmoud Humaidan and Zakaria Badwan.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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