Israeli Commando Barred From Combat for Fleeing From Young Palestinian Assailant

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Nouf Iqab Enfeat approaches the entrance gate to Mevo Dotan settlement in footage of the stabbing attack.
Nouf Iqab Enfeat approaches the entrance gate to Mevo Dotan settlement in footage of the stabbing attack.Credit: Haaretz

A soldier in the Israeli army’s Maglan commando unit has been dismissed from his position for fleeing from a young Palestinian assailant near the West Bank settlement of Mevo Dotan about two weeks ago.

Video footage of the incident revealed that he attempted to run away from the attacker, Nouf Iqab Enfeat, a girl of about 16, who chased him with a screwdriver and managed to lightly injure him. Although the solider will no longer serve in a combat role, at this stage at least he will remain with Maglan.

The video shows a number of soldiers getting off a bus at the entrance gate of the settlement. Enfeat is then seen approaching them and ultimately stabbing the soldier, whom she injured before she was shot by other soldiers at the scene. She was taken to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, where she died of her wounds.

A statement issued Sunday by the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman’s Office said the soldier was discharged from his combat role following an investigation that found that he had not acted “to neutralize the terrorist as would have been expected from him as an IDF soldier.”

Last November, Haaretz reported on an armored corps combat officer who was dismissed after it became apparent he had fled the scene of an attack a month earlier in Jerusalem in which two people were killed. The officer, who was armed at the time, was seen running from the scene. The soldier’s division commander also wrote to the soldiers of the division reminding them of what is expected of them if they were to be present at an armed attack, even if they are not on duty at the time.

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