The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported that a soldier was killed Monday night at an IDF base in southern Israel during a military exercise by friendly fire.
Ohr Yisraelov, a Bat Yam-based combat soldier who was 19 years old, was named the deceased soldier.
The incident happened at a cadet training base for paratroopers during a nighttime fire range drill.
The drill was first done without live fire by the platoon. The ensign was at the edge of the front group and was carrying a stick light as is customary during nighttime exercises when the rearguard covering the front group fired from a distance of 250 meters and hit him.
The commanders are reviewing the incident’s specifics, and the military police have started an investigation. The family of the soldier has been informed.
The IDF said in a statement that it “expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the soldier and will continue to support them.”
An IDF officers course cadet suffered severe injuries earlier this month while preparing for regular activity. In that instance, a massive door from an armored personnel vehicle crashed on the cadet, injuring his head and chest.
An IDF soldier was hospitalized in February after being hit in the head during a training exercise and suffering severe injuries.