Tag Archive for K-9

India recruits IDF K-9 life-savers


India begins integrating elite IDF ‘Oketz’ sniffers into their security forces that specialize in search and rescue missions, guard duty, and locating explosive material.



Israeli elite sniffer and attack dogs have been imported to India to add teeth to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security team, the Indian Telegraph reported.

IDF ‘Oketz’ handler with K-9 – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

A ‘senior’ security official told the paper that 30 “attack dogs, bomb sniffers and chasers,” were brought from Jerusalem during the past year.

He also added that the canines were also “very effective” in combat.

The IDF employs dogs to fill several tasks including bomb sniffing, attack and guarding duties and search and rescue missions. Continue Reading »

Hamas military parade featured a K-9 unit annexed to elite tunnel forces


Although it’s known Hamas had donkeys & dogs that would explode near IDF soldiers, Hamas’ recently revealed canine unit is seen as just bravado, with Israeli experts remaining skeptical.

By Mordechai Sones


In a recent Hamas parade in Gaza, a yet-unseen capability was displayed: attack dogs, apparently styled after the IDF’s Oketz canine unit.

Hamas’ canine unit is a part of the Nohba (“elect”) tunnel unit of the organization, and has been used so far for patrolling the new paved patrol road that runs along the border with Israel – 250 meters running inside PA territory. Other tasks have included distancing Arab protesters confronting Israeli soldiers, throwing stones, and damaging the fence. Continue Reading »

Dutch parliamentarians fail at blocking export of canines to Israel


Stymied by EU regulations, the Dutch government failed in attempts to ban sale of dogs to Israel, claiming the IDF uses them as ‘weapons.’

By Matt Wanderman


The government in the Netherlands attempted to ban the export of dogs to Israel, claiming that the IDF uses them as “weapons,” but was unable to find a legal means to do so.

An injured IDF soldier with his unit K-9, who is allowed to stay with him. – Facebook

EU Observer reports that Minister for Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen investigated the possibility through the European Commission and other supervisory organizations.

EU countries can only restrict exports in certain cases, and such cases are typically decided by the EU as a whole. Continue Reading »

Pipe Bombs & Rifles Found Across the Jerusalem Courthouse


Arab father & son arrested after Israel Police & K-9 unit discover rifles with ammo and explosives, concealed in their home adjacent to the Jerusalem District Court.

By Oranit Etzer


Two Arab terrorists, father and son, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon after explosives and weapons were discovered in their home in Jerusalem.

Their home is located adjacent to the Jerusalem District Court on Salah al-Din Road not far from Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus Campus; just last Monday a firebomb was thrown at the court in an attempt to burn it down.

Police detectives searched the home aided by Border Patrol officers and a canine unit, and found hidden in the house explosives, improvised rifles and ammunition.

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Deaf female 19 yr-old beats all odds to join Israel Police as dog trainer

Having been rejected by the army, Shahaf Karavny joins Israel Police force, “I have a special bond with animals, they understand me & they cannot argue with me,” she says

“The Israel Police welcomes people with disabilities,” says K-9 officer

By Itsik Saban



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