Man shot by stray bullet near beach

October 9, 2007 18:33

IDF says he entered closed military zone despite soldiers' warnings and signs posted near base.

Man shot by stray bullet near beach

firing range 224.88. (photo credit: IDF [file])

A 40-year-old man was moderately injured when he was hit by a stray bullet near Nitzanim Beach on Tuesday afternoon. The man independently reached the nearby Nitzanim basic training base before being evacuated to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. An initial investigation into the incident found that the man had ignored warning signs erected by the military cautioning civilians of dangers surrounding the area, a closed military zone. The IDF said that it had deployed soldiers near the beach on Tuesday morning both to prevent civilians from entering the area and to explain to them the dangers surrounding their presence there. It is therefore believed that the man reached the area through an alternative entrance. Following a similar incident in August, during which an 11-year-old boy was shot by a stray bullet while fishing with his father, the IDF increased the presence of soldiers in the area and erected more warning signs to prevent civilians from straying into the area, which is located next to a military shooting range. The IDF and Israel Police are continuing to investigate the event.

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