New field intelligence battalion to be stationed at Egypt border

The new battalion will enhance intelligence gathering capabilities and thwart any terror attacks attempted in both the Sinai and Gaza region

Date: 21/03/2012, 10:53 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The Field Intelligence Corps established a new battalion to be stationed in the Southern Command along the eastern and western borders. An inauguration ceremony was held earlier this week, with Southern Command GOC, Maj. Gen. Tal Russo and Field Intelligence Corps Commander, Brig. Gen. Eli Pollack.

The new battalion, under the command of Lt. Col. Erez, was established to enhance field intelligence capabilities in the region and the battalion specifically for these purposes. The battalion will fortify IDF (Zahal) forces already stationed in the region. The IDF (Zahal) is taking every measure to maintain routine life of Israeli civilians in the region as well as maintaining their security.

“We are facing a stubborn war against terror to defend Israeli and its civilians,” said Lt. Col. Savion. “The battalion is part of the response to the operational and security challenge presented by our enemies in Sinai and the Gaza Strip. Our goal is to locate and aid in thwarting any attempted terror attacks from either border. We currently hold greater operational effectiveness and the mission will be successfully accomplished,” he added.

The new battalion is composed of both female and male soldiers that belong to the Gaza division, familiar with the region that will be split between the Gaza Strip and the rest of the south. Along with the creation of the fence at the Israel-Egypt border the Sinai region will be heavily defended and highly effective in preventing terror attacks.

“Over the past year the western border underwent many changes. The IDF (Zahal) is working respond to this new challenge, including the new field intelligence battalion that doubles the forces stationed at the border,” said Maj. Gen. Russo, Southern Command GOC.