Ziv Koren gained exclusive access to the Israeli elite police unit, Yamam. This is the first time that the unit has been photographed. The Yamam is capable of both hostage-rescue operations and offensive takeover raids against targets in civilian areas. It also performs SWAT duties and undercover police work. Most of its activity is classified, and Yamam operations are often credited to other units.
Koren’s images were included in the PDN Photo Annual 2010 online gallery.
“Monkey” squad soldiers specialize in hanging on a wire and surprising the enemy from above.
Yamam soldiers are required to master a wide variety of physical, mental and cognitive capabilities.
The soldiers undergo high-risk training in diverse fields, designated to prepare him for action from the moment of recruitment.
Yamam soldiers training for a bus rescue.
Yamam soldiers gliding from the roof of Azrieli Center towers in central Tel Aviv during special training.