IDF Had Warning of Possible Attack

(Jerusalem Post) Yaakov Katz - Intelligence provided several days earlier by the Israel Security Agency referred to a large attack that the Popular Resistance Committees planned to launch from Sinai. For that reason, the Golani Brigade's Reconnaissance Battalion and the Israel Police's Yamam Counter-Terrorism Unit were already deployed along the border and able to respond quickly to neutralize the terrorists. Had they not been there, a senior IDF officer said Thursday, the number of casualties would have been significantly higher. It was thought that the terrorists were mostly interested in abducting a soldier or a civilian, and would therefore infiltrate Israel in the middle of the night and not, as they did, in the middle of the day. The IDF also did not think that the gunmen would cross into Israel directly under an Egyptian military outpost.

2011-08-19 00:00:00

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