Thirty IDF reservists refused to enter Gaza in an aging model of armored personnel carrier (APC), the same type that was hit by an anti-tank missile Saturday night in an incident that left 7 Golani soldiers dead, Channel 10 reported on Wednesday.
The APC in question is the M113, which was first developed by the United States in the 1960s and saw service in Vietnam. It has also been used in Israel for decades and is known for being old and highly vulnerable.
In army lingo the APC is dubbed a 'chipser' - one hit and you're fried. It was a mainstay of the army for decades but the rising use of RPGs by Palestinian militants in the 70s and 80s and later the use of anti-tank missiles made it obsolete.
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