Israel’s Lt. Col Yair Burns sacked over Hamas’ Nahal Oz fuel terminal raid 12 days ago
Half a dozen Hamas raiders cut through the Gaza border fence on April 9, attacked the Nahal Oz oil terminal in Israel and murdered two workers, Oleg Lipson and Lev Cherniak. IDF chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi decided April 21 to fire the commander of the 9th Armored Battalion which secured the crossing for its failure to fight off the infiltrators and prevent their escape after the murders. The episode could have ended in a greater calamity had the terrorists stayed on to either kill or abduct the rest of the staff and set the fuel terminal on fire. Gen. Ashkenazi took this action, the first dismissal of a senior officer since the 2006 Lebanon War and rare for the IDF, on the basis of the findings of a panel of two high-ranking officers.
The inquiry established that the fuel facility owners, Dor Energy, were responsible for security inside the facility alone, while it was up to the army to secure the environment against attack. This they failed to do.