Did he say what the mission itself was, what the role of the [artillery] battery was? To assist them with artillery fire. If they need flare shells, or if they need smoke to conceal themselves, or, of course, if they need explosive shells to evacuate [forces from the field]. The battery fired 900 shells [that night], and the battalion fired about 1,200 or 1,500, I think. There were certain stages during which we were firing at a maximum fire rate – after Goldin was kidnapped, (an IDF soldier captured near Rafah) and in Shuja’iyya.
Do you know how many shells the battalion fired during the operation? The figure we were told was 11,500 and something. Most of the explosive shells were fired into open areas, and the rest were either for rescue purposes or to destroy targets.