OC Manpower Maj.-Gen. Elazar Stern was considering on Tuesday to make a distinction between IDF casualties killed in the line of duty, and those who died under non-combat circumstances.
Stern claimed that soldiers on active duty who commit suicide, or those killed in accidents while on leave should not be considered IDF casualties, and ought not be buried in cemetery plots reserved for soldiers.
Representatives of the organization of bereaved families Yad Lebanim, insisted that the move would hurt many of the dead soldiers' relatives, and was entirely unacceptable, Israel Radio reported.
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