Israel army says senior commander resigns over Hamas' Al-Aqsa Flood Operation

AFP , Sunday 9 Jun 2024

Israel's occupation army said Sunday that a senior commander had resigned over what he called his failure to prevent Hamas' Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7 .

Israeli Brig. Gen. Avi Rosenfeld
Israeli Brig. Gen. Avi Rosenfeld, the commander of the Gaza Division. Photo courtesy of Israel Defense Forces


"The commander of the 143rd Division, Brigadier General Avi Rosenfeld, informed his commanders today of his intention to end his service in the (Israeli army)," said a statement by the military.

"The officer will finish his duties in the near future."

Rosenfeld wrote in a resignation letter released by the occupation army: "Everyone has to take responsibility for their part, and I am the one responsible in Division 143."

"On October 7, I failed my life's mission: to protect the envelope," he wrote, referring to the southern Israeli communities on the border with Gaza.

In April, Israel's military intelligence chief, Major General Aharon Haliva, became the first high-ranking official to step down for failing to prevent the offensive that shocked Israel and the international community.

In his resignation letter, Haliva, who served in the force for 38 years, took responsibility for failing to prevent the offensive.

"The intelligence division under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with," he wrote.

Since the 7th of October, Israel's brutal military campaign on the Gaza Strip has killed at least 37,084 Palestinians, 70% of them women and children, with over 84,494 others wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry's latest figuers.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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