The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) decided on Monday to suspend from duty four fighters who were involved in a fire-exchange incident with a Hamas operative on the Gaza border, Hebrew-language media reported.
Two weeks ago, a Hamas militant opened fire on Israeli troops near the Israel-Gaza border and managed to throw grenades at a Golani unit. The fighting incident between the two sides resulted in three soldiers wounded in moderate to light conditions. The terrorist was killed.
An IDF investigation revealed that a platoon commander and patrol fighters reached the scene and aimed for contact with the terrorist, killing him in the process. However, another force consisting of a sergeant, two fighters and a driver avoided entering the fighting scene, even though they were in close range of the incident, local Israeli media reported.
Golani Brigadier Commander Col. Shay Klapper had decided to remove the four from their operational positions, as they did not act as duly expected from IDF fighters.
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