Video: Inside the IDF operation to save Hadar Goldin


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When Hadar Goldin was kidnapped in southern Gaza on Aug. 1, his IDF Givati brigade launched an all-out assault on the area. The details of the assault, known as a Hannibal Directive, were murky, and many criticized the IDF for firing indiscriminately.

On Tuesday, the website Ynet leaked a set of IDF recordings in a video that offers a firsthand look at the violent day surrounding the kidnapping. A narrator describes the logic behind many of the military maneuvers, and the camera follows soldiers as they fire at buildings and search for the tunnel to which Goldin was taken by Hamas fighters.

The release of the video coincides with an imminent ruling by Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni, the IDF’s military advocate general, on whether or not to press criminal charges against the soldiers who led the Hannibal Directive — the controversial tactic in which soldiers fired at the area to prevent Hamas from taking Goldin captive.

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the top commander of the IDF, called the release of the video “unacceptable.”

Watch it for yourself:

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