IDF soldier killed while clearing Israeli minefield

Senior army source says mine exploded for unknown reasons during an advanced training phase of the Engineering Corps.

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May 22, 2013 10:23
A minefield on the Golan Heights

Minefield land mines Golan Heights 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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An IDF soldier was killed while taking part in the clearing of a minefield in the southern Golan Heights.

The soldier, who was identified on Wednesday morning as Private Roi (Israel) Alphi from Gan Yavne, was of the Engineering Corps. His family has been notified.

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Ground Forces Commander Maj.-Gen. Guy Tzur appointed a committee of inquiry to investigate the incident.

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

The soldiers had found and exposed a number of mines, and marked them ahead of their clearance. For an unknown reason, one of the mine exploded, killing the soldier.

The mine was in full view of the soldiers and had been identified, the source said.

The minefield in which the training occurred is Israeli, the source said.



Jpost.com staff contributed to this report

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