Just last month, Hamas terrorists attacked the Nahal Oz surveillance control center on October 7. As a result of the attack, several members of the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps 414th unit were injured or killed.
However, despite this tragedy, the Israel Defense Forces have now reopened the base temporarily at the Re’im army base.
On October 7th, Unit 414 soldiers opened fire using remote weapon systems at Hamas terrorists approaching the border. “Commander commander, we are at war,” one soldier reported over radio communication during that chaotic day.
In addition to these brave men fighting for their lives on the ground, members of this unit had been warning about unusual activity from Hamas near the border fence for months prior to this attack. Despite their warnings being ignored by authorities however, these heroes still stood firm in protecting their homeland from terrorism and violence against innocent civilians.
New footage published by the IDF shows the moment Unit 414 soldiers, monitoring surveillance cameras, open fire using remote weapon systems at Hamas terrorists approaching the Gaza border on October 7. pic.twitter.com/Bg30z1XKXO
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After surviving such an ordeal with no end in sight yet in sight regarding Israeli-Palestinian relations, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant praised Unit 414 soldiers for their courage under fire: “You went through things that soldiers in Israel have not gone through since the War of Independence… You functioned in combat conditions, experienced heavy losses, and played an important part in the battles.”
Lt Col Ofir Avram also commented on these events saying “The story of Nahal Oz command center will forever be remembered as a story of heroism and fighting” – something which is undoubtedly true given all that has happened since then.
Despite recent tragedies experienced by those assigned to monitor surveillance cameras along Gaza’s border – including dispatching forces to potential incidents – there is now light at end of tunnel for them after nearly two weeks later; yesterday saw the opening a new command center enabling them to fulfill their duties once again at Rei’m camp near Gaza Division’s base.
As a sign of hope symbolizing resilience even after facing great adversity a mural was painted outside depicting three soldiers amongst sunflowers with text reading “the flowers will continue to bloom” – something future generations can look up too when faced with daunting challenges themselves someday down line.