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Watch: IDF combat soldiers train ahead of Passover for possible civilian rescue missionsCombat soldiers from the IDF’s Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit will take part in the civilian rescue efforts throughout Israel during Passover. This is the first time that the soldiers from this unit will participate in the rescue efforts.
For the first time, the soldiers in the IDF’s Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit will take part in the civilian rescue efforts throughout Israel during Passover. The combat soldiers in the unit have undergone several weeks of advanced climbing, surfing and rescue training in order to allow them to participate in the life-saving efforts over the Passover holiday.
Throughout the year, the soldiers operate along Israel’s borders just like any other combat unit in the IDF Ground Forces. In September 2016, the soldiers took part in the rescue efforts in Tel Aviv's Ramat HaHayal neighborhood after an underground parking lot collapsed.
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“The battalion operates in the Menashe Regional Brigade,” explained the battalion commander. “The battalion works day and night on overseeing arrests, ambushes, patrols and raids. However, at the same time, we haven’t forgotten the task of saving lives and rescuing [people] under fire. The battalion has deepened its special operational capabilities and undergone training so that it can work with units such as Unit 669 and Oketz.”
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