IDF soldiers in urban warfare exercise 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman’s Office)
The commanders of the Kfir infantry brigade recently took part in an urban
warfare drill as part of the army’s combat readiness programs for all potential
future battle arenas, the IDF Spokesman’s Office announced Thursday.
week’s exercise, involving all commanders from the platoon commander upwards,
took place on Mount Adar, in the Judean Hills. It involved drills for
house-to-house fighting, taking over buildings and cooperating with the Oken K-9
unit in urban warfare.
In a future conflict, the IDF might well find
itself attacking Hezbollah in southern Lebanese villages, or Hamas in the
crowded streets of Gaza.
The IDF organized the drill “based on the
understanding that the next war will be in a built-up area,” Col. Asher Ben
Lulu, commander of the Kfir Brigade, said.
“The Kfir Brigade specializes
in urban combat, and we must be prepared for this type of fighting in any area,”
Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of the IDF Central Command, who
inspected the special training, said that it represents the infantry’s ability
to “live in two worlds: continuous security [patrols and counter-terrorism] and
operational [a transition into all-out combat].”
Alon added that all
commanders operating in the West Bank should prepare themselves for the
eventuality of an escalation in violence.