The Israeli army argued that villagers had not been inconvenienced by the exercises.
"The villages' population was not harassed. No roads were closed and the residents were not bothered in their houses. As a rule, there was no contact with the population," a spokesman told the AFP news agency.Urban warfare drills
The soldiers did not use live ammunition during the practice raids and urban warfare drills.
The exercise was carried out on February 21 and "a similar drill was carried out at least one time in previous weeks," Yesh Din said in a statement.
"Another battalion is expected to carry out the drill in the coming weeks." it added.
One soldier who took part in the exercise told Yesh Din: "... suddenly you're in the middle of a village shouting "fire fire fire." It looked so crazy, and I think the residents there got a heart attack. There were residents who went to pray at those hours. There was no instruction on how to deal with them". Yesh Din protest
Sfard sent a letter to Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit, the Israeli military advocate general, protesting about the exercises.