New IDF Training Zone Simulates Lebanese Village

In this picture distributed by the IDF, Israeli soldiers from the Golani infantry brigade take part in a training exercise November 17, 2005 in the Golan Heights. Israel captured the strategic volcanic plateau from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War and Syria demands its return as part of a …
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The Times of Israel reports: The army on Monday laid the cornerstone of a new training facility in the Golan Heights that is meant to simulate a Lebanese village of the type Israeli soldiers might find themselves in should war break out with the Hezbollah terrorist group.

The Snir facility, which gets its name from a nearby kibbutz, is meant to prepare Israeli soldiers for urban warfare, including subterranean combat, according to Brig. Gen. Einav Shalev, commander of the army’s Ground Forces Division. (This is not to be confused with the Ground Forces itself, which is led by Maj. Gen. Kobi Barak.)

The army plans to have the training center ready for soldiers by the end of next year and construct three similar facilities in the coming years, a senior IDF official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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