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Weapons stolen from soldier in northern base
Six months after masked assailants broke in to Naftali Base to steal weapons additional break-in sees soldier's personal rifle stolen, prompting fears that thieves received assistance from someone inside the base

Only half a year after masked assailants broke into the IDF's Naftali Base, near the Golani Junction in the north of Israel, attacking a soldier and stealing four rifles, an additional break in was reported Saturday.

 

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During Saturday's break-in, also in the Naftali army base, the personal rifle of one of the soldiers serving at the base was stolen. Military Police have launched an investigation.

 

It appears that during the late hours of Friday night, unknown thieves broke into the base and stole the weapon of one of the soldiers who not only serves at the base but was actually present at the base at the time of the break-in.

 

The IDF's Spokesperson Unit has confirmed the report. The Northern Command said it would conduct an investigation of their own, parallel to that of the Military Police, that would include the questioning of senior base commanders.

 

The investigation aims to reveal whether soldiers were involved – or attacked – during the incident, and whether the weapon was taken with or without resistance on their part.

 

Last October, masked assailants broke into the base. An investigation into the incident revealed that the thieves managed to reach the guard's position near the armory, and disable the soldier in charge of guarding the warehouse.

 

The thieves, who tied the soldier, managed to steal his personal rifle as well as those of three other soldiers serving at the base.

 

Military police fear the group received assistance from within the base.

 

It is worth noting that the Naftali Base is not the only IDF base which have successfully been breached by thieves. Last July, a Palestinian managed to break into an army base in the Jordan Valley. The man, a metal thief, was caught and transferred to military police for investigation.

 

Elior Levy contributed to this report

 

 

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