New IDF company prepares for unconventional threats from northern borders

New company in IDF Engineering Corps training in chemical, biological and nuclear warfare; Unit carries out first major training last week

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Photo: IDF Spokesman’s Office

 

The IDF’s Operations Engineering Unit “Yahalom” formed a new company that has been training to deal with unconventional weapons including nuclear, chemical and biological warfare.

The new company “Saifan” was established in August with an additional unit to be established next year. The new unit has been training for months and is prepared to deal with unconventional threats from Israel’s northern borders.

The unit recently completed its first major training in Israel’s Jordan Valley last week. The soldiers of the elite company trained in emergency operations, as well as trained in missions in cooperation with reserve soldiers.

The soldiers’ training includes use of protective gear in combat, robotics, chemical engineering and identifying chemical and biological weapons and unconventional weapons use. The unit also is trained in underground warfare, including tunnels.

The reports of the new unit comes just two weeks after Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria, preventing the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to Hezbollah. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman confirmed the mission, stating then “Israel has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria. Our policies and positions are very clear, and they are based on three red lines: We will not allow any harm to come to the Israeli public; we will not allow anyone to undermine Israel’s sovereignty; and we will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon and to Hezbollah. One very important thing that everyone has to understand, is that Israel makes its own decisions, freely, within the scope of the policy, and there are no other limitations or circumstances to consider.”