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Probe into terror attack at Egypt border finds failures

The commander of the IDF's Paran Brigade will be reassigned to another position.

Mourners attend the funeral of Sgt. Lia Ben-Nun, 19, who was murdered on the Egyptian border, at the Rishon Letzion Military Cemetery, June 4, 2023. Credit: Flash90.
Mourners attend the funeral of Sgt. Lia Ben-Nun, 19, who was murdered on the Egyptian border, at the Rishon Letzion Military Cemetery, June 4, 2023. Credit: Flash90.

An investigation into the deadly attack at the Egyptian border earlier this month has resulted in the dismissal of a senior Israeli Defense Forces officer.

Col. Ido Sa’ad, commander of the Paran Brigade, will be reassigned to another position for his “overall responsibility for the event and the manner by which operations are carried out in his area.”

On June 3, Egyptian police officer Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, 22, shot dead Sgt. Lia Ben-Nun, 19, and Staff Sgt. Uri Iluz, 20, while they were manning an observation post near the border. 

Staff Sgt. Ohad Dahan, 20, was killed in Israeli territory in an exchange of fire with the terrorist, who was also fatally shot.

(From left) Staff Sgt. Ohad Dahan, 20, Sgt. Lia Ben Nun, 19 and Staff Sgt. Ori Yitzhak Iluz (center) were shot dead by an Egyptian terrorist along the southern border on June 3, 2023. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

The findings of the military probe were published on Tuesday, highlighting a number of failures that led to the deadly incident. 

For example, an emergency crossing at the border barrier was used by the terrorist to infiltrate into Israeli territory. It was unknown to soldiers stationed in the area and was held shut only by zip ties, which the terrorist cut with a knife.

Division and battalion commanders were also reprimanded.

IDF Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Eliezer Toledano and the commander of the 80th Division, Brig. Gen. Itzik Cohen, carried out the investigation, which was presented on Tuesday to IDF chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi.

“We conducted a thorough and in-depth investigation, out of the commanders’ responsibility to maintain the security and lives of their subordinates,” Halevi said at the Knesset.

“Along with quality work, initiative and successes, we also found operational and command faults and gaps; We will study them, fix and improve.

“This is a difficult event, which could and should have been prevented, and this is our responsibility as commanders, and mine as commander of the army first and foremost—to learn lessons and be better.”

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