One killed, one injured in army base explosion

The dead was identified as 38-year-old Shai Gabay from Givat Olga in northern Israel.

August 6, 2019 19:39
One killed, one injured in army base explosion

An IDF soldier at the scene of a terror attack at a bus stop near an IDF army base in Samaria. An IDF reservist soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist and a civilian woman was moderately wounded in the leg from an IDF shooting. Samaria, Oct 11, 2018. (photo credit: SHLOMO MELET/TPS)

A civilian employee of the military was killed and another worker was injured after a fire extinguisher exploded on an army base in central Israel on Tuesday, officials said.

He was identified as 38 year-old Shai Gabay from Givat Olga in the North. He died in hospital after being critically injured during routine work at the Tel Hashomer military base. Gabay worked as a technician on armored vehicles at the maintenance and repair center.

Shai Gabay (Credit: IDF Spokesman's Unit)

A second civilian worker was lightly injured in the blast and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Gabay was buried Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the New Hadera cemetery. The IDF said his family has requested no media coverage of the funeral.

The military stated that the head of the Technology and Logistics Division, Maj.-Gen. Itzik Turgman, has opened an investigation into the incident. Military Police also launched an investigation.

In May, a warehouse at the base caught fire following an explosion but was quickly extinguished.

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