IDF soldiers tank Mefalsim area_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
IDF OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan decided Monday to strip
Lt.-Col. Moly Cohen of his role as commander of the 74th Armored
Battalion. The decision came after Cohen was suspended by IDF Chief of
staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz for leaving a soldier behind in a Palestinian
village during an operation there last week.
The incident took place on Monday when the battalion entered the West
Bank village of Budrus near Ramallah for a nighttime raid. Following the
operation, the unit left the village but one soldier was accidentally
left behind and was found by local Palestinians who brought him to the
security barrier nearby and returned him to soldiers from the IDF
A military's probe into the incident revealed serious flaws with the way Cohen operated that night.
Cohen will be allowed to continue to serve in IDF in combat command positions.
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