Victims of deadly IDF training accident identified

Avshalom Armoni, 22, of Beit Horon and Avinoam David Cohen, 22, of Jerusalem identified as the two IDF soldiers killed in training accident.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 1:02 PM

Victims of training accident in Golan
Victims of training accident in Golan
FLASH90/courtesy of victims' families

The IDF has identified the two servicemen killed in a training accident in the Golan Heights early Wednesday morning, lifting a publication ban put in place after the initial announcement of their deaths.

Platoon Leader Avshalom Armoni, 22, from Beit Horon, and Sergeant Avinoam David Cohen, 22, from Jerusalem, were killed Wednesday morning during a training exercise when a self-propelled howitzer cannon flipped over, injuring six.

Armoni and Cohen succumbed to their injuries, while the other four were evacuated for treatment at a local hospital.

“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.”

Following the accident, Armoni was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Cohen was also posthumously promoted, receiving the rank of Staff Sergeant.