IDF launches surprise live-fire drill in Golan
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Exercise in Golan Heights aims to test army readiness and fitness in North and Central Commands, Artillery Corps.
Photo: IDF Spokesman's Office
The IDF launched a surprise drill early Wednesday morning on the Golan Heights.
Units were scrambled to the North without warning following an order was given by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.
The exercise is aimed at testing the fitness and readiness of several IDF units, with the Artillery Corps taking up center stage.
The Air Force has joined units from the IDF's Northern and Central Commands to take part in the drill. Other military forces, including reserves, are also taking part.
The exercise will end with a live fire exercise on Wednesday afternoon.
"This drill is part of a routine program of checks and surprise exercises held throughout the year by the IDF Comptroller. It is being held under the command of Brig.-Gen. Roee Riptin, who is the chief artillery officer," the IDF Spokesman's Unit said.
Sources in the IDF said the drill was planned ahead of time, and that it should not be seen as a sign of a change in the level of alert.
It comes on the heels of a major Golani Brigade infantry and Armored Corps drill, which was was jointly held in the Golan Heights over recent weeks.
Perhaps the above is what all the fuss was about?