Roi Yifrach, a 35-year-old Israeli man, has been charged with impersonating a soldier and stealing military gear after infiltrating an army unit and participating in combat against Hamas. He exploited the chaos following Hamas’ attack on October 7 to join operations and steal weapons, munitions, and sensitive equipment. Yifrach, who never served in the military, presented himself as a combat soldier, a bomb expert, and a member of the Shin Bet security service.
- Yifrach was arrested with a large cache of stolen military equipment, including weapons and uniforms.
- He fought in Gaza and was even photographed with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
- Four others, including a police officer, were detained in connection with the weapons theft.
Israel’s military, meanwhile, announced the withdrawal of several thousand troops from Gaza, signaling a potential shift to a lower-intensity campaign focused on Hamas strongholds. This move comes amidst ongoing fierce fighting in central and southern Gaza, with a significant portion of Gaza’s population displaced due to the conflict.