IDF officer killed as shell explodes during exercise

An IDF officer died and another soldier was injured during a training exercise on an army base in southern Israel on Tuesday, officials said.

A mortar round exploded during the routine drill on the Tzeelim base, located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Beersheba. The officer, Cpt. Yishai Rosales, was killed and an unnamed soldier was lightly wounded in the explosion, the IDF spokesperson’s office said.

In response, the head of the IDF’s Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Guy Tzur, postponed all ground forces exercises until an initial investigation of the incident could be carried out, the army said in a statement.

Col. Ofir Levy, head of a reserve armored brigade, will lead the investigation into the incident, the army said.

Rosales, 23, was from Beit Meir, a religious community outside of Jerusalem. He served in the IDF’s Haredi ‘Netzah Yehuda’ Battalion, in the Kfir Infantry Brigade. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of captain.

Last week, five IDF soldiers were wounded in two separate accidents. None of the soldiers was seriously hurt.

Four troops were lightly injured when their jeep overturned near the Givat Ze’ev settlement outside of Jerusalem. The soldiers were evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital for treatment

In a separate incident, a soldier was moderately injured in the accidental discharge of a rifle at an army post in the Etzion bloc in the West Bank. Paramedics treated the soldier at the scene before he was evacuated to hospital.




WRITERS:Judah Ari Gross

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