Rimon was said to be in the preliminary stages of development. Officers
said Rimon was trained for both conventional and urban warfare, particularly
in the Gaza Strip.
"The unit's primary mission is to thwart all terrorist activities in the
region," the military said on Aug. 23.
Officers said Rimon would play a major role in operations along the
Egyptian border, Middle East Newsline reported. They cited a Hamas-aligned attack from Sinai on Aug. 18 in
which eight Israelis were killed and 30 others injured.
"The vast southern region of Israel is prone to terror activities,
necessitating a commando force trained to engage in combat against terrorist
cells operating in the area," the military said.
For his part, Lt. Y. said the new unit was still shaping its identity.
He pointed out that the army had operated a Rimon unit decades ago.
"Anything you do both good or bad, defines the unit," Lt. Y. said.
"Every tradition we start will last for generations."