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Report: IDF tried censoring info on water-damaged fighter jets

Eight F-16 fighter jets were severely damaged by rainwater at the Hatzor airbase in southern Israel last week.

The Israel Air Force tried to cover up a major blunder using censorship law, but on Sunday reports emerged that several fighter jets were severely damaged by rainwater at the Hatzor airbase in southern Israel, costing the state hundreds of millions of shekels.

Soldiers were deployed to rescue mechanics that were trapped by the rainwater, which in some instances rose as high as five feet following a flurry of winter storms last week, Channel 12 reported.

Only three days later, the IDF censors had authorized the publication after realizing it would be difficult to keep under wraps.

The IAF launched an inquiry into the matter to examine why the base wasn’t prepared well enough for such a scenario, especially as information of the extreme weather was known in advance.

According to Channel 12, the military is also probing why ground troops did not arrive in time to help move the planes off to a safe area.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit released a statement saying that “due to the extreme weather conditions last week, creeks near the airbase in the southern part of the country overflowed and flooded several focal points at the base.

According to Channel 12, the military is also probing why ground troops did not arrive in time to help move the planes off to a safe area.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit released a statement saying that “due to the extreme weather conditions last week, creeks near the airbase in the southern part of the country overflowed and flooded several focal points at the base.

Flights resumed at the Hatzor airbase on Sunday, the officer said, including from the squadrons whose planes were damaged.