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Israeli officer accidentally shot by another Israeli soldier during training exercise

Officer who was
playing enemy soldier during drill near Hawara checkpoint sustains
moderate wounds after soldier manning guard post opens fire at him; IDF

Itamar Fleishman

Published: 05.10.12, 12:25 / Israel News

officer was moderately injured Thursday after being accidentally shot
by a soldier during a training exercise near the Hawara checkpoint,
south of Nablus. The officer, who suffered an abdominal injury, is
conscious and breathing. He was rushed to the Rabin Medical Center in
Petah Tikva.

It appears the
officer, who was in charge of safety, was shot by a soldier who was
manning a guard post at the time. The soldier, who did not take part in
the drill, apparently mistook the victim for a terrorist. As part of the
exercise, the officer pretended to be an enemy soldier.

The exercise was stopped and the Central Command chief ordered an investigation into the incident.

"There was a lot of confusion, and the fact that the exercise was
stopped prevented and even greater tragedy," one of the soldiers said.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit referred to the shooting as
friendly fire incident. "The drill was stopped and the Central Command
chief ordered an immediate investigation into the circumstances that led
to the officer's injury," it said.

Last month, an IDF soldier collapsed
and died, during military screening tests in a southern base.

An initial medical examination into Yehoshua Hafetz's death revealed that the cause of death was a heart defect.,7340,L-4227364,00.html

Added: May-10-2012 Occurred On: May-10-2012
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