The IDF named an Engineering Corps soldier killed in a minefield accident on
Wednesday as Roee Yisrael Alfi, 18, of Gan Yavne, and promoted him posthumously
to the rank of corporal.
Alfi, who had been in training and was tasked
with clearing a minefield on the Golan Heights, died after one of the mines,
which had been exposed and marked ahead of its clearance, went off for an
The IDF is investigating the accident.
He will be
laid to rest on Thursday evening at the Gan Yavne cemetery.
Army Radio, Matan Hadad, a close childhood friend of Alfi, described how they
had planned to to fly abroad together.
Alfi did not divulge too much
information on his operational activity, but the fact that he enjoyed what he
did was visible, Hadad said.
“He loved his friends from the battalion. He
loved everyone. He was a golden guy,” Hadad said.
The former chief
Engineering Corps officer, Brig.-Gen. Eli Toldeno, told Army Radio that
the advanced training activities in which Alfi took part, involving the clearing
of minefields, is the standard program soldiers undergo to prepare them for the
“It’s like a pilot who trains in a series of activities
until he is qualified operationally,” Toldeno explained.
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