IDF starts passing out anti-stabbing neck guards

After over three months of the current Arab terror wave, which has included countless stabbing attacks targeting IDF soldiers, the army has begun distributing neck protectors meant to ward off knives.

An initial 850 protective neck guards, which wrap around the neck and over the shoulders, will be passed out by the end of the month, mostly to combat soldiers stationed at checkpoints and roadblocks in Judea and Samaria.

Maj. Guy Elazar, head of the counter-terror section, spoke to the IDF magazine Bamahane about the new pieces of equipment.

“The inner part of the protector is gentle to the touch, the external section is made of half-rigid plastic, which is low and wide so as to defend the connection between the neck and the shoulder blade,” said Elazar.

The IDF has stated that the combat soldiers are to use the neck protectors only during their routine ongoing security missions.