Soldier Who Ran From Terrorist Dismissed From Elite Unit

Soldier, Ran From Terrorist, Dismissed, Elite Unit
Israeli soldiers in the Maglan unit attend a training simulating fighting in Gaza in 2012. (Edi Israel/Flash90)

An IDF soldier was dismissed from the elite combat unit he had been serving in after an incident in which he fled from a teenage Palestinian girl who attacked him with a screwdriver.

The soldier, from the Maglan reconnaissance unit, was standing outside the town of Mevo Dotan in Shomron when the girl assailed him, causing minor injuries. She pursued him as he tried to get away, and then another soldier and an armed, off-duty soldier ran after them. The uniformed soldier shot the terrorist and killed her.

After an investigation of the incident, the commander of Maglan, whose identity cannot be revealed beyond the first letter of his first name, Aleph, decided to dismiss the soldier on Sunday from his combat position in the unit for “not working to neutralize the terrorist as expected of him as a combat soldier in the IDF,” the army said in a statement.

For now, the soldier cannot serve as a fighter in Maglan. It is not yet clear if he will be completely removed from the unit, the army said.

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