IDF: Logistics chief didn't say looting of Lebanese shops okay

Editor's Note: Rarely does it get more blatant than this

(15 August 2006) - THE IDF Spokesman's Office said Monday that comments attributed to Brigadier General Avi Mizrahi, the head of the army's logistics branch, to the effect that soldiers deep inside Lebanese territory without food could break into local stores, had not been made by him.

Earlier Monday, Army Radio's website had quoted Mizrahi saying, "If our fighters deep in Lebanese territory are left without food or water, I believe they can break into local Lebanese stores to solve that problem."

Mizrahi did tell Army Radio that if the army was "at war and there is a danger that the soldiers will not be able to carry out their operational mission like they should, and what they need to do is to take water from a store, then yes, they can take it."

Mizrahi's comments followed complaints by IDF soldiers regarding the lack of food on the front lines.

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