In a simulation the waters of Eilat, anti-terrorist commandos jihadists infiltrating and taking control of a ship
“An attack of State Islmico (IS, according to its acronym in English) is one of threats we studied as scenario . what we have done this Thursday is important and is designed to attack the iS or other terrorist groups including hijacking a boat with civilians on board “, has pointed Lieutenant Colonel israel Oren Nachbe , the trmino a wide exercise of the Navy in the waters of Eilat, south of the country.
the head of the naval base in Eilat defined as “successful” the reaction of its troops in the mock kidnapping of a embarcacin by the Islmico state on the shores of this border touristic city Jordan and Egypt . Precisely from the Egyptian Sinai, this wednesday rises the main threat because of remarkable and active presence of loyal militiamen to jihadist movement which controls parts of Syria and Iraq .
“I declare the complex event, of terrorism and kidnapping of passengers on a boat,” announced the head of the Navy, General Ram Rothberg , ushering in the “protocol of crisis” in the Maritime exercise, as seen in the video distributed by the army.
the simulated scenario includes initial launch of missiles and projectiles from Sina against Eilat and back infiltracin of a terrorist command of a ship arriving from Egypt and takes control of embarcacin in the Red Sea.
In territorial waters Israelis, soldiers approach the cruiser “kidnapped” by hooded IS, which have placed the famous black flag jihadi group. By nightfall and after negotiations, addressing the embarcacin, surprise the abductors release the hostages, treat the wounded and declare to the situation of crisis.
“What most important of the maneuver is not knowing the number of terrorists or hostages, but how we react from the first moment “has added Nochbe, without going into details about the tactic or the exact number of troops deployed and “low” in the trial.
the unit lite Navy (Shayetet 13), warships, commands in counter-terrorism, command southern Army, the local police, the city of Eilat and Magen David Adom (Red israel Cruz) have been the main actors a film that no one in this quiet village wants to become reality.
Because of dimension, localization and sensitivity military exercise, Israel avis in advance of it to neighboring Jordan and Egypt.
Have you received any information about real threat and immediate kidnapping by IS? “The intelligence services have not given us a specific warning of an attack, but our duty is to be prepared for respond in a rpida at any stage considering the delicate situation in the area,” he responded a phone conversation with several foreign media, including tHE WORLD
Another official quoted by local media warns. “There is a increase these threats in the last year. the attack on the Russian plane in Sina (whose author asumi iS) is an example. There are elements of iS settled in this area. “
” the cooperation Egypt against the common threat is excellent, “he has revealed a high command over strategic alliance one of the two passes that firm nicos Arab peace with Israel. In their border from the Gaza Strip to Eilat, Egypt and Israel share two enemies: the IS and Islamist group Hamas which controls the Palestinian territory. Israel helps Egypt in the fight against IS in the Sina basically in the field of intelligence.
The maneuver has not altered the almost summer routine of Eilat, the popular tourist destination with sports aquatic as one of its great attractions and regardless of the news coming from the neighboring Sina. Many come just to go diving in the Red Sea. In recent years, Eilat has been the subject of espordicos attacks projectile claimed by jihadist command in the Sina without causing victims.
Israel has strengthened its positions and security measures in its long border with Egypt, fearing an attack by a Palestinian IS or command. In the army israel, believe that an attack IS from Syria or Sina “is a matter of time” while recognizing that today gives “Israel is among its mximas priorities.”