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IDF probing case of female troops barred from swimming in bathing suits

Commanders in the IDF’s Home Front Command banned female troops from swimming in a pool with bathing suits “to not harm the feelings of religious soldiers,” the Haaretz daily reports.

The incident occurred when a Home Front Command unit currently serving in the West Bank went to a pool for an IDF-organized vacation, with most of the female soldiers reportedly deciding not to get in the water following the order.

While male troops were allowed to swim in a short-sleeve shirt and shorts, the women were told they must wear baggy shirts and long pants, according to the newspaper, which notes the order contravened military rules regarding joint service.

The Israel Defense Forces says the matter is being probed and that the rules will be further clarified.

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