IDF Cancels All Construction in Weapons Theft Probe

YERUSHALAYIM -

In an unprededented move, the IDF has put an immediate halt to all construction on military bases in the wake of a weapons theft from a base in the south last week.

Suspension of construction stems from the suspicion that a contractor’s workers at the Sdeh Teiman base were involved in the theft. The weapons were stolen from a locked armory and there were no signs of burglary.

Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi ordered the cessation of construction work in IDF bases throughout the country until further notice. The investigation is ongoing.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said: “In the course of inspections carried out in recent weeks, findings of irregularities in hiring procedures for contractors have been found. As a result, the deputy chief of staff decided to stop work until the defects were rectified, and the work will be resumed as soon as possible, according to the orders and procedures.”

Earlier in the week, 15 million shekels (approximately $4 million) was allocated to enhance security at IDF bases via fences, cameras, and biometric identification devices.