Female soldiers convinced to return to Zikim once threatened by commanders

September 30, 2007 17:26

Approximately 20 female soldiers arrived with their parents to Ashkelon's Central Bus Station in order to inform their commanders that they refused to return to their base in Zikim on Sunday. The group stood for about two hours before their commanders managed to convince them to climb aboard the buses after threatening to send them to jail or discharge them from the army. Several weeks ago 69 soldiers - all of which were completing basic training for non-combat units - were wounded after a Kassam rocket fired by Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees terrorists landed near a tent in the base. Two days after the attack, distraught parents besieged the boot camp. They vociferously demanded that 'the children' be removed from the facility, which is so close to the border, and sent to safety far from the line of fire. YAAKOV KATZ , HERB KEINON contributed to this report.

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