Alaa Aghbaria's family sued after he fell to his death from chopper during
minefield airlift The state reached a NIS 2M out-of-court settlement on
Wednesday with the family of a hiker who fell to his death from an IAF
helicopter airlifting him to safety from a minefield.
The family of
24-year-old Alaa Aghbaria sued the state for NIS 4.2 million after Aghbaria
plummeted to his death in March 2009, as the IAF tried to rescue him from a
minefield near the border with Jordan.
The 669 helicopter came to rescue
Aghbaria after he was stepped on a mine and was seriously wounded. Aghbaria
slipped from his rescuers' grasp and fell to his death, which his family argued
was a result of negligence on behalf of the IAF.
The State Attorney's
Office said the compromise was reached following extensive negotiations between
the Defense Ministry, the Northern District Attorney and Aghbaria's
After the Nazareth District Court ruled to accept the agreement
on Wednesday afternoon, Aghbaria's family withdrew the lawsuit.