IDF exercises tackle ISIS, abductions, rockets

Surprise drill ran air, ground, and naval forces through a series of 'worst case scenarios.'

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The IDF's Gaza Division forces held a series of special exercises Wednesday anticipating several extreme scenarios - including border clashes with Islamic State (ISIS), heavy rocket fire from Gaza, and the abduction of an IDF soldier into Gaza.

IDF forces also practiced drills to combat terrorist infiltrations into Israeli communities, rocket fire scenarios, and shots against IDF forces along the Gaza border fence.

The drill was a surprise drill, Walla! News reports, held under the supervision of Brig. Gen. Itai Virob and Red Division commander Brig. Gen. Rafi Milo. 

Helicopters and paratroopers were brought in specifically for the exercise as well from the Northern and Southern commands, as was the elite Navy commando unit, Shayetet 13. 

A senior IDF officer told the daily that the exercise was meant to summarize IDF activity over 2015 and to test the army's readiness for several possible scenarios.

Among them: implementation of the "Hannibal protocol" - using all means to eliminate the abducting terrorists, even if it means killing the abducted soldier as well.

The exercise ended in the evening, wherein IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkott summarized what was learned and discussed whether the IDF stood the readiness test in the event the security situation in Israel deteriorates further.