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      Senior IDF Officer Suspended for Leaving Soldier Behind

      Commander of an IDF mechanized infantry unit suspended for leaving one of his soldiers behind in a village near Ramallah.
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 2/3/2012, 8:50 PM

      IDF Soldier
      IDF Soldier
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      The commander of an IDF mechanized infantry unit has been suspended for leaving one of his soldiers behind in a village near Ramallah.

      The incident occurred earlier this week following the unit’s operation in the village of Budrus, which included searches. Shortly after the operation ended and the unit departed, a lone soldier was left standing at the gate of the village.

      Some of the local Arabs, fearing the soldier would be lynched, aided him in reaching an area under IDF control where another unit picked him up and returned him to the base.

      The decision to suspend the soldier’s commander came following an investigation into the incident by the IDF, which was ordered by Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.

      The suspension was agreed upon following a consultation between the heads of Central Command and Northern Command. The unit’s commander was notified of the decision to suspend him on Friday. The investigation into the incident will continue the coming days, according to an IDF statement.

      On Thursday, the IDF rejected the reports in the media that the soldier was helped by local Arabs.

      The IDF said that an investigation into the incident by the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division found that the soldier who was left behind was found by local Arabs but refused to accept their help. He was rescued within a few minutes, the IDF said.

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)