The Israeli army accidentally revealed the existence of a previously unacknowledged airbase through its official website, Israeli news website Haaretz reported.
Following Haaretz’ report, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) hastily removed all references to the base from the website.
Officially, the Israel Air Force operates 10 major airbases. However, military documents released in early July via the IDF’s official website in accordance with Israel’s Freedom of Information Law acknowledged the existence of another for the very first time.
The mysterious eleventh base is called as Sdot Ha’ela and is is commanded by Col. Binyamin. The IAF website, which has a map of all the force’s air bases, still doesn’t acknowledge the existence of the base, let alone where it is located.
Under Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, the military operates several air bases – from Ramat David in the north to the Uvda air base near Eilat. An IDF document that describes the structure of the air force corps and its divisions lists the names of all the air bases and their commanders’ names. Until now, there was no mention in any official military document that there was a base called Sdot Ha’ela.