Fallen IDF soldier YEHONATAN BEN-YISHAI 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Ben-Yishai family)
An IDF soldier critically wounded earlier this week in a training accident died
of his injuries on Thursday at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
soldier, 20-year-old Yehonatan Ben-Yishai, of Ashdod, sustained severe injuries
after being struck by a tank on Monday during a joint infantry-IDF Armored Corps
exercise on the Golan Heights.
Doctors battled to save his life, but were
unable to overcome the injuries.
Ben-Yishai was laid to rest at the
Ashdod military cemetery on Thursday evening. The IDF is investigating the
“The tank crew is receiving psychological treatment. It was
very difficult for them to know that they unintentionally caused the death of a
Golani fighter,” a senior army source said.
The source added that despite
the shock the tank crew suffered, they have resumed their participation in the
army exercise. The drill was suspended for a day following the accident, before
IDF commanders have been instructed to refresh safety
guidelines for infantry soldiers operating near heavy armored vehicles.