At least five Israeli Merkava tanks were abandoned on the Golan Heights [video]
TEL AVIV, (BM) – A video material made by tourists visiting the Israeli part of the Golan Heights was published on social media, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defence24. The video shows at least five Merkava Mk. IV belonging to the Israeli ground forces, which remained abandoned and open without any supervision or control.
There was not a single Israeli soldier near the wagons, and the “intruders” could easily document the “surprise” they encountered, including entering the tanks and showing the details of their interior, weapons and ammunition. The abandoned Merkavas were armed and fueled, in full combat readiness.
The video posted on the Internet circulated the Israeli and global media with the key question about security procedures and discipline in the Israeli army. Each person who appeared in this area had full and unlimited access to one of the newest and basic combat vehicles of the Israeli army, and thus documented the top-secret technologies used in it, which could fall into the hands of foreign intelligence services.
Additionally, due to the recently tense situation on the border of Israel, these tanks could potentially fall into enemy hands and be used in combat, destroyed or transported to an unknown place.
In response to the incident, the Israeli Armed Forces (IDF) press department announced that “this is an exceptional and dangerous situation that does not meet the standards expected by the IDF. […] The case will be immediately investigated by the command and presented to the regional commander level. Lessons will be drawn and those responsible will be indicted and severely punished. Following the incident, security measures were tightened around military vehicles, as well as procedures for all soldiers.”
It is worth emphasizing in the context of this event that in recent weeks Israel’s tensions in relations with its three conflicting neighbors have increased significantly as a result of a series of armed incidents.
On August 3 there was a foiled attempt at military infiltration by an armed group from the Syrian border attempting to enter Israeli territory and install an improvised explosive on military border infrastructure. July 27 this year in turn, there was to be an exchange of fire on the Israeli-Lebanese border with Hezbollah fighters. In the first half of August this year.
Hamas fighters were also reported to launch incendiary balloons on Israeli territory, which caused numerous fires. These actions were met with armed retaliation by Israel in the form of an air raid on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as the Syrian Arab Army and pro-Iranian militias in Syria.
Israeli Mervata tanks have intensified in recent weeks
In recent weeks, Israel has been actively using its tanks to retaliate and attack Hamas positions.
For example, on August 20 the Israeli army carried out several attack on positions of the Palestinian movement Hamas.
“Terrorists fired explosive balloons from Gaza towards Israel during the day, which led to fires on the ground in southern Israel. In response, our tanks attacked Hamas military posts in Gaza,” the press service said.
We will remind, the militants of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip began to launch balloons with explosive devices towards Israel from the beginning of August. The Israeli army launched several retaliatory strikes against the infrastructure of the Hamas movement.
On 15 August, reports also surfaced that Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted two missiles fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.
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