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An 11-year-old boy was killed Friday after he stepped on an unexploded Israel Defense Forces shell while hiking with his father near Ramat Hovav in the Negev.

The two reportedly wandered into an IDF firing range where the child stepped on the shell, which detonated instantly, critically wounding him.

The father rushed his son, Amar al-Kadifi, to a main road where he was met by paramedics who pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The father was taken to the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva where he is currently undergoing medical treatment.