Tragedy in the Golan:
IDF officer, soldier killed in training accident

Two killed, four injured in training accident in Golan Heights.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 8:57 AM

M-109 self-propelled gun
M-109 self-propelled gun

An IDF training accident in northern Israel has left two dead and four injured, the army has reported.

The accident occurred early Wednesday morning in the Golan Heights when a self-propelled artillery piece flipped over during a training exercise, crushing six soldiers, including an officer. An army spokesperson reported that the officer in question held the rank of Platoon Leader.

The six injured soldiers were evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

Two of the six, including the officer, later succumbed to their injuries.

“This was a very serious and painful incident,” IDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said Tuesday morning.

In response to the tragedy, the army is forming an investigatory committee to probe the accident. In addition, a separate inquiry will be conducted by military police.

“Because of the unusual number of tragic [accidents] recently, Brig. Gen. Mordechai Kahane has been tapped to lead a committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident, and to compile recommendations. In addition, military police have opened an investigation.”