IDF soldiers stationed at an outpost in northern Israel discovered Monday morning that a military armory containing emergency weapons and ammunition had been broken into. Military Police: The incident likely occurred during the Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur holidays.
IDF soldiers | Archive Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News
A large quantity of military-grade weaponry and ammunition was reportedly stolen from an emergency military armory in northern Israel. Soldiers from the 601st Battalion discovered the breach and immediately reported the missing equipment to their commanders.
The Military Police opened an investigation which subsequently revealed that among the stolen equipment were 2,970 5.56 mm diameter bullets, 96 40mm diameter bullets, two 29 mines, 10 M16 detonators, 56 land mines and more. The suspects also stole the chain and lock from the container’s door.
The investigation also revealed that during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, no wall was set up around the bunker’s perimeter. On Rosh Hashana, none of the soldiers were in place to guard the armory and on Sunday, the soldier on guard duty took up a position inside of the base, instead of at the designated post next to the bunker. The guards were also found to have been without the necessary combat equipment and therefore in violation of the outpost’s protocol.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said that “in the morning, a break-in was discovered in a military armory in the north of the country and military equipment is missing. The Military Police and the commanders opened an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.”