Report finds rescue unit error led to Arab man's death

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 12, 2010 19:02

An Air Force investigation has established that the March 2009 death of an Arab man as IDF soldiers attempted to rescue him from a mine field was the result of unprofessional actions and could have been prevented.

The man, Ala Agabria, had accidentally ventured into the mine field and was injured by a mine explosion. Unit 669 attempted to evacuate him by helicopter but lost hold of him as he was being lifted up to the aircraft. Agabria fell to his death.

The report placed blame on the rescue team for the man's unnecessary death. As a result, the commander of the team has been relieved of his duties.

The reported further stated that evacuation from the mine field should have been carried out on the ground rather than by air.


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