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IMAJ | volume 25

Journal 12, December 2023
pages: 787-790

Forensic Frontiers: Navigating Complex Challenges of a Large-scale Invasion by Armed Hamas Terrorists in Southern Israel

1 National Institute of Forensic Medicine, Abu Kabir, Tel Aviv, Israel 2 Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel 3 Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel 4 Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel 5 Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel

Summary

On 7 October 2023, a large-scale invasion by armed Hamas terrorists occurred in southern Israel. Approximately 1500 militants breached the Gaza security barrier using tractors, RPGs, and explosives. Concurrently, the terrorists utilized various means including armed vehicles, motorized paragliders, sea incursions, and a massive rocket attack launched toward Israel. On entering Israeli territory, the militants dispersed and targeted several towns, kibbutzim (collective communities), and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) military bases near Gaza. This strategy resulted in a death toll exceeded 1300 civilians and soldiers. In addition, more than 240 individuals were abducted. This attack occurred in one day. In this article, we introduce the Israeli National Institute of Forensic Medicine, which specialized in forensic analysis during mass casualty incidents, and pivotal role it played on 7 October. We present a detailed discussion on methods, challenges, and adaptations the institute took in response to the event of 7 October.

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