Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson
IDF soldier and a K-9 Oketz fighter.

Meet Patrick, an Oketz K-9 fightes par excellence who saved the lives of IDF soldiers in Gaza during operations in Jabalya.


IDF combat soldiers and K-9 (canine) fighters from the Oketz Unit accompany Israeli forces on the ground in Gaza for many reasons: conducting initial scanning before soldiers raid a terrorist nest, mapping houses, locating weapons and explosives, spotting threats and in some cases, even neutralizing them.

During the operation in the above footage, Patrick searched a location in Jabalya before Israeli forces entered the building and detected a terrorist there who was preparing to ambush the soldiers.

But the terrorist never had a chance: Patrick neutralized him.

Here’s another example of Israeli forces working together with combat soldiers and K-9 fighters from the Oketz Unit as they scan and map a building in Gaza.

In another operation in Gaza City’s Rimal neighborhood, a K9 fighter named Toy scanned a building and found a corridor connecting the building where the soldiers were, to another building where a terrorist was lying in ambush.

Toy, too, neutralized the terrorist, thus saving the force from operating in a dangerous building.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.