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Elite IDF navy officer reportedly charged with raping woman from his unit

Alleged incident took place several months ago in Tel Aviv, sparked an uproar within the navy, report says

The German-made Saar 6-class corvette (R) purchased by the Israel Navy is moored at the military port of Haifa, after its arrival on December 2, 2020. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Illustrative: Israel Navy vessels at the military port of Haifa, December 2, 2020. (Jack Guez/AFP)

An officer in an elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces’ navy has been charged with three counts of rape, according to a Tuesday report.

The indictment was filed in a military court in the northern city of Haifa. A gag order barred the release of details of the case, Channel 12 news reported.

The report said the accused served in an “elite secret unit.”

The alleged incident took place several months ago when officers from the unit went out for a night of bonding with unit commanders, finishing at a hotel in Tel Aviv.

One of the participants, a female officer, was sleeping in her own bed at the hotel when the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted her multiple times.

The case has roiled the navy and prompted questions about how such a crime could take place in one of its most elite units, the report said.

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