At 6:42 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023, as soon as the first alert signaled an incursion of Hamas terrorists, the Southern District Commander of the Israel Police — Maj. Gen. Amir Cohen — gave the order code-named “Philistine Horseman,” sending police officers, and Border Police who were on alert, to the sites of battle to put their training into practice.

The fighters went into action immediately. Within 60 seconds they were at their posts, and they repelled dozens of terrorists, who had arrived from the Erez Crossing with 8 motorcycles, from continuing northward. With the help of YAMAM (National Counter Terror Unit) fighters, they foiled the attack, well-armed though the terrorists were.

Thus, the fighters of the Israel Police, from both the YAMAM and the Border Police, prevented disaster at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and halted the advance of terrorists toward the city of Ashkelon.