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Text testimonies The battery fired 900 shells that night
catalog number: 733615
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Artillery Corps
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2014
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The battery fired 900 shells that night
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Artillery Corps
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2014

During occasions when there was a significant amount of fire [directed at our forces], or during the ground incursion to Gaza – to Shuja’iyya – I know my unit fired a lot. One of the senior officers in my unit talked about how we had fired [at targets] that were in very close proximity to our forces, how we had really saved them. He said it was an important mission and that apparently during it we had also killed a number of civilians. They said that tragically, some uninvolved civilians were apparentlyhit, but that it was a situation where it would either be our troops or civilians [being harmed]. He said that it wasn’t even a question, that it was obvious that our troops [came first]. They emphasized the fact that that was obviously not done on purpose.

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.