Soldiers: Drunk IDF Reservists Vandalized Palestinian Cars

Soldiers relieving reservists in southern Hebron Hills say they broke windshields, ripped out mirrors.

Reservists marked their last night stationed in the southern Hebron Hills by damaging confiscated Palestinian vehicles, their replacements told Haaretz on Monday.

The reserve battalion in question was stationed at a small base near the Shekef settlement, and spent three weeks in the south Hebron Hills. They were responsible primarily for patrolling the green line.

On their last night at the base, the reservists got drunk and vandalized some of the vehicles they had confiscated from Palestinian drivers, for transporting passengers who lacked permits to enter Israel, soldiers told Haaretz.

Some soldiers broke windshields, ripped out mirrors and electronic equipment, and beat the cars with their weapons, the sources said. None of the soldiers present tried to stop the vandalism.

The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's office said, "The force in question completed its operational engagement on Wednesday in a professional manner. The complaints were forwarded to the commanders. Once checks are complete, further steps will be decided upon."