Israel Defence Force Yahalom - Special Operations Engineering Unit

General activities[en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Yahalom_(IDF)&action=edit&section=2]Sayeret Yahalom is a classified unit and almost none of its special activities are exposed to the public.Public accounts of its activities usually just credit a "combat engineering force"; a term that can equally describe regular Engineeringhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapper, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDF_Caterpillar_D9 operators and infantry engineering companies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane%27s_Defence_Weekly has claimed that Sayeret Yahalom are working closely with en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayeret_Matkal and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shayetet_13, by providing them with demolition, explosive and sabotage skills.[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed] Most of the equipment that Yahalom has developed for its missions is classified. Yahalom maintains secrecy to make it more difficult for enemies to develop countermeasures.

Sub-unitsYAEL ("en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibex";) - a commando demolition unit that conducts long range sabotages, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combat_engineering, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter_terror, and maritime engineering missions. The YAEL team has destroyed Palestinian homes and civilian infrastructure that the IDF identified as hiding weapons caches, tunnels used to smuggle weapons, and firing positions.[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed][/*]YACHSAP ("EOD Unit") - an EOD unit that removes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_mine and missile en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warhead, handles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapon, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_warfare and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_warfare (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapons_of_Mass_Destruction) threats, performs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_disposal, and accompanies special operations units on missions where there units are at risk of encountering explosive booby traps. YACHSAP is constantly engaged in defusing large IEDs that en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezbollah has set along the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Line_(Lebanon) and bombs Palestinians have planted in the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bankand the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip.[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed] They often use en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armored_bulldozer when executing those missions.[/*]SAMOOR ("en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel";) - a unit whose expertise is finding and destroying en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smuggling_tunnels and hidden weapon caches. The unit dates back to 2004 when the IDF merged the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Command_(Israel) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphi_Route en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smuggling_tunnelexperts team into Yahalom to form the SAMOOR platoon.[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed][/*]MIDRON MUSHLAG ("Snowy Slope") - a unit whose expertise is penetrating buildings using explosives or other methods (פריצה חמה).[/*]HEVZEK ("Flash-light") - a unit that operates military en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot - no longer operates.[/*][/list]Arms and EquipmentFirearms include the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_Carbine, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handgun, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMI_Negev Commando en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squad_automatic_weapon, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniper_rifle and combat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun.[/*][/list]Recent reports indicate that Yahalom has acquired remote-controlled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot that it can insert into tunnels, obviating the need for human operators to risk their lives. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=EOD_robot&;amp;action=edit&redlink=1 for handling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvised_explosive_device (IEDs), bombs and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosive charges, and advanced EOD vehicles are standard equipment for all engineering units handling explosives. The en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Border_Police en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_disposal experts use similar equipment. Yahalom also uses the up-armored en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDF_Caterpillar_D9 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldozer and the remote-controlled "Raam HaShachar" version of the D9 (which were found extremely useful for special operation and CT duties), an armored en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excavator with drills, the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDF_Puma CEV, and en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nakpuma&;amp;action=edit&redlink=1, ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakpadon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armoured_personnel_carrier modified to Yahalom's requirements.[/*][/list]

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