Days after the deadly shooting
on Mount Harif, which claimed the life of Corporal Netanel Yahalomi,
the border section remains open.
The intensive work to complete the 17-kilometer fence in the topographically challanging area was renewed Sunday morning, while at the same time, the IDF
is conducting an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
It is becoming apparent that the military acquittal protocol – which regulates the absorption of groups of infiltrators that reach the border – will remain in place.
IDF chief of staff visits shooting site (Photo: IDF)
According to directives, the soldiers go up to the infiltrators, leaving backup in the area. They then ensure that the infiltrators are unarmed and only after that are they transferred to a temporary holding facility in one of the sector's posts. Following medical examinations, the infiltrators are moved to permanent Interior Ministry holding facilities.
IDF data disclosed that there has been a significant drop in the number of infiltrators coming through the southern border – just 200 last month when compared with 2,000 last year.
A senior IDF source told Ynet last week that the medical teams which have been reinforced over the past two years will remain in place in spite of the drop for fear of additional security incidents.
Moreover, the IDF forces will continue to offer aid to the infiltrators in the shape of food and water.
According to an IDF investigation, the terrorists who attacked the soldiers on Friday had no connection to the infiltrators but it is believed that they took advantage of the fact that the force was stretched thin after soldiers went to a nearby Wadi to offer aissitance to infiltrators.
Earlier Sunday IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the site
of Friday's terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border and met with soldiers from the Artillery Corps and the Caracal infantry battalion and lauded their swift response to the attack. Three terrorists were killed in the incident.