Four IDF soldiers injured during training exercise in Golan Heights

Apparent malfunction causes gunpowder explosion inside tank; incident is not terror related, army source says.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 10, 2013 17:20
An Israeli soldier arranges ammunition atop a tank.

An Israeli soldier arranges ammunition atop a tank 370. (photo credit: REUTER/Baz Ratner)

 
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An explosion tore through a tank Tuesday in the central Golan Heights area injuring four soldiers.

The incident was not terror related, an army source said.

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Two of the soldiers were in serious condition and two are in moderate condition, and are hospitalized at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Army Radio reported.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a shell within the tank backfired due to a malfunction, causing a gunpowder explosion.

In May, an IDF soldier was killed while taking part in the clearing of a minefield in the southern Golan Heights.

The mine exploded for unknown reasons during an advanced training phase of the Engineering Corps, a senior army source said.


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