IDF searched for missing unit member for over an hour after fierce engagement at border
By STUART WINER THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The IDF spent over an hour desperately searching for a female soldier believed to be kidnapped during Friday’s clash with terrorists on the Egyptian border, only to discover that she had hidden behind a bush during the firefight.
More details of the incident were revealed on Monday, including reports that one soldier broke rank when members of the Israel Defense Forces’ co-ed Caracal battalion sprang into action to engage three terrorists who had ambushed a group of soldiers on the border.
The IDF is investigating the soldier, who reportedly claimed she didn’t open fire because she feared that from her position, it might cause a friendly-fire incident.
The female soldier, who has not been named, hid behind a bush during the fierce engagement in which one soldier was killed and another injured. All three terrorists were killed by IDF troops, and much praise has been lavished on another female soldier, who charged into battle and killed one of the infiltrators.
Initial reports suggest that the incident began when the terrorists ambushed a unit of artillery soldiers who were patrolling the border area together with members of the Caracal unit.