Two IDF Officers Injured in Explosion Near Lebanon Border

Soldiers accidentally detonated explosive device during routine operation.

Gili Cohen
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Two Israel Defense Forces officers were wounded Tuesday by an explosive device near the Lebanon-Israel border.

According to an IDF Spokesperson’s Unit statement, the officers were wounded while undertaking a “planned demolition” during an operation near the border.

The two officers were moderately wounded, and were taken by helicopter to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

An IDF official stated that the incident did not involve a terrorist act, rather an explosion that occurred near a base during routine operational activity.

Initial accounts stated that the two officers in question were serving as a company commander and platoon commander in the Paratroopers’ Batallion 890, and they accidentally detonated an explosive device. The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

In June of last year, Cpl. Dor Jean was killed and three other soldiers were injured when an IDF jeep overturned along the border fence in the Alonei Habashan area of the Golan Heights. The jeep overturned during an operation conducted by the Artillery Corps, which was meant to reinforce the forces guarding the border. Cpl. Jean, who was then undergoing advanced artillery training, was trapped under the jeep after it overturned, and was declared dead at the scene. The jeep driver was charged with causing death by negligence, and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz dismissed the artillery battalion commander from his position.

Israeli soldiers train in the Golan Heights, September 2013.Credit: Reuters

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