Date: 06/04/2009, 10:29 AM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
At the ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the Southern Command on Sunday, April 5th 2009, the GOC of the Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni awarded the Urban Search Squadron of the Duvdevan unit with a citation due to their success in avoiding harm to Palestinian civilians during operations. The Urban Search Squadron spearheads its unit and carries out complex military operations against terror operatives in the Judea and Samaria region.
Written on the certificates that the soldiers received is the following:
“Throughout the past year, this squadron has carried out dozens of operations in the Judea and Samaria region, fighting armed and dangerous enemies who control the entire terror infrastructure of the Judea and Samaria region in a particularly challenging location. The squadron made significant achievements in these operations; they have arrested wanted terror operatives and uncovered both weaponry and intelligence information – while always making an exceptional effort to arrest terror operatives while alive and to avoid harming uninvolved civilians.”
One of the examples of the squadron’s honorable behavior mentioned during the ceremony was in reference to a search carried out in two apartments in Nablus in June 2008. A terror operative, who was storing explosive devices and was known to be planning a terror attack in a civilian center in Israel, was believed to be taking refuge in one of the apartments. During the search, another wanted terror operative who was staying in one of the apartments was identified. When he tried to escape, the squadron injured him to keep him from fleeing the scene while making a successful attempt to make certain that two nearby civilians were not harmed.
Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni complimented the soldiers on their efforts to avoid involving civilians in military operations. “During their operations, the Urban Search Squadron of the Duvdevan Unit implemented the core values of the IDF (Zahal)’s moral standards,” he remarked.