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Text testimonies Searching for metal workshops in Gaza
catalog number: 135121
Rank: First Sergeant
Area: Gaza strip
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Searching for metal workshops in Gaza
Rank: First Sergeant
Area: Gaza strip

You spoke about the mission you had, searching for metal workshops in Gaza.For me as commander, that was extremely frightening. It was a team that had just concluded its basic infantry training, they had not had any kind of anti-terrorism warfare practice, the kind they hold at Adam. So it was quite scary for me, they were really young soldiers. We entered on jeeps in a rapid convoy and everyone had his antitank missile and something else. Only my own crew. . . let's say there were three crews and each had its mission within a larger scale operation. We had to mark houses to be taken over, searched. So we'd arrive in jeeps and close in on the house. We also had to search for someone inside the house, conduct an arrest while we're at it, so we had three tasks: closing in, doing what was needed, and waiting. At the time, closing in on the house was usually done with the "neighbor procedure". We'd go next door and ask someone to come with us. He'd knock on the door and wake the people up, asking them all to get out. Anyway, as we were doing this and starting getting back, we heard a phone ringing inside the home of the guy we were after, probably being warned. Okay, they opened the door and got the people out, and he wasn't there. We found his brother or something. So he'd be taken away instead, and the house would be searched. That was the usual procedure.