IDF equipment stolen from base, investigation launched

Despite constant surprise inspections, yesterday, a suspect managed to steal unattended military equipment from an IDF base in southern Israel without getting caught. The circumstances of the incident are being examined.
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Yesterday (Tuesday), unattended military equipment was stolen from the IDF’s Tze’elim base. As a result, an investigation was launched.

It appears that the suspect drove an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to the place where the company established a temporary secure zone and managed to escape with the equipment. According to the report, the equipment included several night vision goggles, binoculars, combat equipment such as a helmet and cartridges and the soldiers’ personal things.

The IDF is currently examining whether there was only one on-duty soldier to guard the area and whether the equipment was kept far away from him, unattended and not locked. "Yesterday evening, military and personal equipment was stolen from a military area in the south,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated. “The Military Police and the Israel Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.”

Last month, approximately 2,000 M16 bullets and 24 grenades were stolen from an IDF bunker in northern Israel. In a separate incident, a large quantity of military-grade weaponry and ammunition was stolen from an emergency military armory. To prevent such incidents from occurring, the IDF Operations Division conducts surprise inspections.



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