Indictment Filed Against IDF Soldiers for Looting

Three IDF soldiers were charged Sunday with plundering over NIS 2,000 from a home in the Sajaya during Operation Protective Edge.

Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank ,

IDF soldiers in Operation Protective Edge
IDF soldiers in Operation Protective Edge
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The IDF's Chief Military Prosecution filed on Sunday an indictment against three soldiers. They are charged with looting and plundering in Gaza during last summer's Operation Protective Edge. 

In addition, two of the accused are also charged with obstruction of justice.

According to the indictment, two soldiers are accused of looting cash amounting to NIS 2,420 ($600) from a house where IDF forces were positioned in the Sheijaya neighborhood of Gaza City. 

Another soldiers is accused of helping to commit the alleged theft. 

The Military Police Corps' investigation into the alleged cases of looting started while the IDF was still in the midst of the Gaza operation, after the soldiers' commander sent a report on the matter. 

Back in January, one hundred reserve officers as well as dozens of reserve combat soldiers and noncommissioned officers banded together to fight against the IDF's probe into Operation Protective Edge. 

In a joint letter, the reservists called on then IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz to halt criminal investigations into soldiers' and officers' conduct during the war.