Soldier seriously injured in training

Shot in neck by friendly fire during tank unit training exercise in the North.

March 7, 2007 02:19
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An IDF soldier was seriously injured overnight Tuesday when he was shot in the neck by one of his fellow troops during a tank unit training exercise in the Galilee. The soldier was evacuated to Poriya Hospital near Tiberias for medical treatment. Military Police have opened an investigation into the incident, and OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot ordered the establishment of an inquiry commission to look into the circumstances of the shooting. Reports that a soldier's cartridge, which was meant to be empty, mistakenly contained live ammunition, were being investigated, the IDF said. As a result of the incident, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi ordered an immediate end to ground forces training exercises in the area until all the facts were ascertained.

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