Held for the first time in over a year the complex drill tested alertness and cooperation of the various forces, preparing them against the eminent threat of terrorist infiltration
Date: 07/05/2012, 5:47 PM Author: Florit Shoihet
For the first time in over a year, the Judea and Samaria Division held a complex exercise simulating a terrorist infiltration of an IDF (Zahal) base. The exercise, which was held last week, mimicked an extreme situation in which six terrorists armed with grenades and rifles infiltrate the base in order to kill soldiers. The exercise tested the alertness of various forces, the cooperation between them, the performance of the medical personnel, and the rapid arrival of command and reinforcement forces.
“This exercise presents the extremely complex operational challenge of preventing a deadly terror attack,” said Lt. Col. Itamar Kohali, deputy commander of the Binyamin Regional Brigade, to the IDF (Zahal) Website.
Although the IDF (Zahal) frequently carries out simulations of terrorist infiltrations of communities in Judea and Samaria, it rarely carries out simulations of infiltrations of its own bases. The Judea and Samaria Division emphasized that although such infiltrations of military bases are actually rare, they still pose a real threat for which the IDF (Zahal) must prepare so as not to be caught off guard.
“Exercises like this are becoming more difficult to carry out because of the complex structure of the base, and because of the many different units that reside here, like the Civil Administration and the District Coordination Office of Ramallah, and so it is important to practice this,” explained Maj. Adi Tzfati, Judea and Samaria Division chief security officer.
The division’s first-response squad and the Samson Battalion, which is stationed in the area, arrived to manage the pursuit of the terrorists within the base. Medical forces treated and evacuated injured and killed soldiers while under fire. As the terrorists spread out throughout the base and continued shooting, the simulation also tested the commanders’ and war rooms’ ability to assemble all possible information, in order to properly manage the forces against the enemy.