During the attempts to rescue abducted IDF soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin in Rafah on Aug. 1, 2014, there was no massive indiscriminate fire (the “Hannibal Protocol”) ordered to prevent the abduction, an IDF investigation has found.
Goldin was killed in the initial attack and his body was taken into the dense tunnel network. Heavy fire was launched at road junctions and known tunnel openings with the aim of making it difficult to transfer Goldin from the front.
Known Hamas targets in the area were also attacked, but there was no massive indiscriminate firing toward Rafah homes.
While Palestinians claimed 150 were killed, the IDF investigation found that 41 died, including Hamas members who took part in the battle.