Soldiers at Itamar settlement 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
The IDF was not informed of an alert that the Itamar security team received
after the electronic fence that surrounds the settlement detected a possible
infiltration, military sources said Saturday.
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The perpetrator “or two”
who stabbed and killed five members of one family at Itamar climbed over the
fence, sending an alert to six civilians who serve on the settlement’s rapid
response security team.
A company of IDF troops is stationed near the
settlement but is not directly hooked up to the fence alert
According to the IDF, an alert went off on Friday night at around
9:30 p.m. after the fence was touched. One of the security guards rushed to the
scene but did not identify signs of an infiltration – and appears to have
assumed that it was a false alarm or set off by an animal.
As a result,
the IDF learned about the attack only when it was close to midnight, after the
perpetrators had already fled the settlement.
IDF officers said they were
investigating the sequence of events – and the decision by the civilian security
team not to update the nearby IDF company about a possible infiltration. One
officer said it was likely that the civilian security team had operated in
accordance with IDF guidelines and was not at fault.
“We need to
determine if the current guidelines are applicable,” the officer said. “It is
possible that we will decide that every alert needs to be investigated
immediately by the IDF.”