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      IDF Soldier Seriously Wounded in Training Accident

      A soldier sustained serious gunshot wounds during training in northern Israel. Military police are investigating.
      By Gabe Kahn.
      First Publish: 10/27/2011, 5:20 PM

      IDF Medivac Helicopter
      IDF Medivac Helicopter
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      An IDF soldier in northern Israel was seriously wounded Thursday as a result of a gunshot wound to the stomach during training, the IDF spokesperson's office reported.

      The soldier received first aid on the scene and was then air-lifted by helicopter to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat. The soldier's family was notified.  Military police are investigating the incident, which is believed at present to be a training related accidental discharge.

      Ordinarily the soldier would have been airlifted to Haifa’s Rambam Hospital – the north’s primary level I trauma center – but the mass walkout by medical interns that has crippled Israel’s medical infrastructure has deeply impacted the facility.

      According to medical statistics, treatment in a Level I trauma center increases a patient’s changes of survival by 20-25%.

      The incident is only the latest in a series of training related gunshot wounds sustained by IDF soldiers in recent months.

      In July, a soldier in the Givati ​​Brigade was moderately wounded by gunfire during a live fire exercise in the Golan Heights.

      In May, a soldier from the Kfir Brigade suffered moderate injuries during a routine training exercise at the base at Eliakim when he, too, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. In that case the soldier was airlifted to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.