A series of shortcomings and careless conduct led to last month's collapse of a soldier in a Nachal patrol regiment during physical training near Beit Lid, in the northern part of central Israel, according to a Friday-morning report by the Yisrael Hayom daily. A week and a half before the incident, the Nachal Brigade's physical-fitness commander said there would not be any running exercises because of a similar incident two months before that. A deputy commander failed to relay the instruction to the battalion commander because he thought it was understood. Another unit cancelled running exercises because of the heat and humidity but the unit of the soldier who collapsed did not cancel because it did not take the humidity into consideration. Those in charge did not ask their soldiers about their activity and possible alcohol intake the night before, nor did they insist on the mandatory two liters of water before the exercise.
The Israel Defense Forces say the incident is under investigation. A military source said lessons from a divisional investigation have been implemented.