Israeli Soldier Arrested, Suspected of Stealing From Gaza Home

Decision to investigate incident causes outrage among fellow soldiers; two imprisoned for refusing orders.

Gili Cohen
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Israeli soldiers return from the Gaza Strip. August 4, 2014.
Israeli soldiers return from the Gaza Strip. August 4, 2014.Credit: AFP
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

Military police have decided to open an investigation against an IDF combat soldier suspected of stealing cash from inside house in the Gaza Strip while taking part in Operation Protective Edge.

The soldier, from the Infantry Corps, confessed to the alllegations shortly after his arrest. Several of his fellow company members expressed outrage over the arrest, saying it was injurious to them all, coming on the heels of the Gaza fighting.

As part of their protest, once outside the Gaza Strip several soldiers from the suspect's company refused to obey orders. Two of the men were subsequently sent to military prison, and two others were removed from combat positions.

"Due to a disciplinary incident that occurred within the battalion, commanders decided to review the event, and a military investigation was launched," the IDF spokesman said.

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