IDF investigating death of soldier in jeep near Gaza

March 12, 2012 09:07

Military Police were investigating the death of an IDF soldier who found lifeless inside an armored vehicle near the Gaza Strip Sunday. The soldier, a driver, was waiting to pick up an IDF unit that was finishing an operation in the Eshkol region during the night.

The unit's commanders first noticed something was wrong when the driver failed to respond to calls over the radio. Soldiers who arrived at the waiting jeep to check on the driver found him unresponsive inside the vehicle, which was locked from the inside. After lengthy attempts to break into the vehicle, medical teams found the driver unconscious and were eventually forced to declare him dead.

One suspicion is that the soldier fell asleep with the engine running, leading to gas poisoning from the vehicle's exhaust.

The soldier was set to be released from the army in two months.

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