Mobile IDF artillery unit fires a shell 311 (R).
(photo credit: Jerry Lampen / Reuters)
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz suspended a live fire
exercise in the South Wednesday morning after two artillery shells
accidentally diverted from their planned target, endangering the lives
of soldiers who were training there. No injuries were reported.
had arrived at the reservist brigade-level exercise along with OC Central Command
Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi and OC Ground Forces Command Maj.-Gen. Sami
After the two shells diverted and landed several hundred meters from
several senior officers, outside of the safety zone, Gantz decided to stop the exercise.
It was renewed after an initial investigation in the field, but without
Gantz ordered Turgeman to appoint an official commission of inquiry
inside the Ground Forces Command to investigate the incident.
In general, training accidents within the IDF have dropped in recent years.