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A serious military training accident occurred in Israel's Golan Heights, during which an IDF tank was struck by a shell fired from another tank.

According to an initial investigation, one tank operating team requested permission to fire into an open area, received the green light, and fired - only for another tank to emerge uphill immediately into the path of the oncoming shell.

Miraculously, despite receiving a direct hit and sustaining serious damage, the second tank's crew was unharmed.

On inspection, it was revealed that the struck tank's armor had prevented the shell from penetrating, though the tank itself was severely damaged.

As a result of the incident training exercising in the Golan have been halted, pending the outcome of an urgent investigation.