IDF probes report that children of US donors allowed to fire weapons at army range

Israel Radio reports that IDF commander allowed kids aged 10-15 to fire weapons, including a sniper rifle and a machine gun, at makeshift shooting range.

September 29, 2014 10:19
Firing range

Firing range (illustrative photo). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)


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The IDF is investigating an incident in which military commanders allowed the children of American donors to fire IDF weapons at a makeshift army shooting range, Israel Radio reported on Monday.

The children, aged 10-15, were allowed by the IDF personnel to fire weapons including a sniper rifle and a machine gun, according to the report.

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The deputy commander of the unnamed IDF base in question reportedly invited the donors' children to use the shooting range.

The report added that the children were not made to wear helmets or ear plugs while firing the weapons.

The commander responsible for the shooting range in question initially denied that such an incident occurred, but later admitted that the children had in fact used the shooting range when Israel Radio revealed that it had video evidence of the incident.

In the video, a child can be seen firing a Tavor assault rifle at the shooting range.

The IDF Spokesman's Office said that it viewed the events gravely and the incident would be investigated.

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