The mixed-gender unit from the Shachar Battalion in the Search and Rescue Brigade in the IDF Home Front Command has joined ground forces operating against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip.

Under the command of LTC Yarden, the female and male combat soldiers of the Shachar Battalion used their expertise to search buildings and locate weapons as part of the combined combat forces of the 162nd Division. The soldiers operated in the Shati area, one of Hamas’ main operational centers in the Gaza Strip.

Soldiers from the Search and Rescue Brigade joined the Commando Brigade during a raid on Hamas terrorist infrastructure in a hotel. The soldiers breached an area in which Hamas weapons and intelligence materials were located.

Since the IDF began operating in the Gaza Strip, the Search and Rescue Brigade has led rescue and evacuation efforts from buildings and destruction sites in accordance with operational requirements.