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Israeli soldier, K-9 recover together in hospital

“The links between dogs and soldiers are very important during a military operation,” per the IDF canine Oketz division.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits soldiers and a K-9 unit, injured during an IDF raid of Jenin at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center on June 19, 2023. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits soldiers and a K-9 unit, injured during an IDF raid of Jenin at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center on June 19, 2023. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Images circulated on social media of an injured Israel Defense Forces dog recovering alongside his handler, who was also wounded. Both came under fire in Jenin on June 19, with the dog, whose name is Dago, reportedly refusing to leave the soldier’s side at Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

The dog and soldier come from Oketz, the IDF canine unit.

“The links between dogs and soldiers are very important during a military operation and are an integral part of the unit’s characteristics,” per the division.

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