IDF releases findings from failed undercover mission in Gaza
An IDF investigation into a failed undercover mission in Gaza in November has found that the elite officer identified only as Lieutenant Colonel ‘M’ was killed in the raid due to friendly fire from another member of his team.
IDF Special Forces entered into Gaza in a civilian vehicle on November 11, as a part of an undercover operation.
According to Hamas, the 15-member undercover force infiltrated Gaza under the cover of fog, planning to install telecom equipment to wiretap Hamas’ landline communications network.
The force was exposed in the Khan Yunis area and an exchange of fire erupted while an Israeli aircraft accompanied the ground forces.
Six Muslim terrorists, including a Hamas leader in Khan Yunis, were eliminated after a heavy fire exchange. All the eliminated terrorists were part of the Hamas terror group armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Jews.
Lt.Col ‘M’ was killed and another officer was seriously wounded during the operation.
According to the findings, the officer’s death was a result of friendly fire that took place after the commando unit was uncovered by Hamas.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi said the IDF’s examination of the failed mission showed there were a number of tactical errors and improper planning that led to the force being compromised.
The findings show rescue forces excelled in extracting the troops and are considered for special citations.