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In recent days, fighters from the Cheetah Battalion refused to board a 12-hour shift on the Egyptian border, as is customary in the sector, Walla learned on Friday. This followed the attack in which their two friends, Staff Sergeant Uri Yitzhak Iluz and Sergeant Lia Ben-Nun, fell while guarding the position, as well as First Sergeant Ohad Dahan, who was killed during the pursuit of the terrorist.
The soldiers made it clear to the company commanders that they could not carry out such long shifts, and that they were refusing to do so, with the backing of their parents. The soldiers criticized the battalion's command, which wore them out in long shifts despite the weather, saying they felt useless when their presence on the ground was so long. The women also claimed that the decision to hold a long shift under the existing conditions contravenes orders, and that they demand an immediate change in procedures.
They demand that the procedures be changed following the attack. The fighters who fell on the Egyptian border (Photo: official website, none)
A report on the matter was quickly transmitted between the battalion's operations room at Har Harif and the Faran Regional Brigade operations room, located near Ketziot. According to sources involved in the matter, there was a lengthy argument between the commanders and the fighters, which was brought to the attention of the brigade commander, Col. Ido Saad.
Finally, it was decided to shorten the shift from 12 hours to eight, and to reduce guarding at the border by at least one position. After consultations in the Red Formation, it was decided to shorten the shift from 12 to eight hours in the neighboring sector, which is also responsible for the Caracal Battalion.
An IDF spokesperson said in response: "This was a point incident in which two female fighters from the Yoav Brigade went up together to guard for four hours at a single guard post, a checkpoint position, near a squad post. Following the assessment of the situation and the infiltration incident on the Egyptian border, it was decided to convert the guard to a duo position at night, and a command dialogue is being held on the subject."
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