Gaza: IDF tank shield accidentally sets off explosives

Windbreaker system misidentifies target, accidentally sets off explosives. No injuries, damage reported. IDF launches investigation

IDF tank defense system "Windbreaker" was accidentally set off Thursday in the northern Gaza Strip in the direction of a nearby military vehicle.


The reason was most likely a misidentification of the vehicle as hostile, prompting the tank to set off explosives. The explosives hit an open area, and no injuries were reported.


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The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.


IDF tank incident (Video: Defense Ministry)    (צילום: דוברות משרד הביטחון)

IDF tank incident (Video: Defense Ministry)


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Following the incident, the brigade ceased activity, and technical teams are looking into the tank systems.


In response, the IDF's Spokesperson's Unit states: "In the afternoon, the Windbreaker system was set off at the northern Gaza Strip. It was a false operation. No one was injured and no damage was reported. The incident is under investigation."


Earlier Thursday, a tank accident at an IDF training base in the south left two soldiers mildly injured. Damage was caused to the tank, and the circumstances of the event are under investigation.



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