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Names of soldiers killed in deadly traffic accident released

IDF investigating how military truck overturned near Eilat, killing two soldiers.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Accident on Route 12 north of Eilat
Accident on Route 12 north of Eilat
MDA spokesperson

The two soldiers who were killed today (Thursday) in the overturning of a military truck on Highway 12, north of Eilat, were identified as Private Habatmo Abeba and First Sergeant (res.) Yaakov Tueti.

Habatmo Abeba z"l (IDF spokesman)

The families of the soldiers have been informed of their passing.

The head of the Technology and Logistics Division, Major General Aharon Haliva, appointed a commission of inquiry headed by Colonel Nitzan Mamrod, commander of the IDF school of logistics to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

The two were killed after their truck overturned on Route 12, three miles north of the southern port city of Eilat.

The accident occurred as the two soldiers – one of them the driver of the truck – were taking part in preparations for an army operation near the Israel-Egypt border.

Military Police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the fatal accident. A parallel investigation will be conducted by a committee established by the army’s Technology and Logistics division.

MDA teams and IDF medical teams who rushed to the scene of the accident provided medical treatment for the two injured 20 year-olds, whose condition was initially defined as critical.

After efforts proved unsuccessful, the two young men were confirmed dead at the scene. Their bodies were extricated from the truck by firefighters.

As a result of the accident Route 12 was blocked to traffic in both directions between Eilat and the Sayarim junction.

Yaakov Tueti z"l (IDF spokesman)