IDF Tank Shoots and Damages Another in Golan Heights Training Accident

Luckily the shell that was fired was unarmed, and while it damaged the tank that was shot at it caused no injury. Commander orders exercise stopped.

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A Division 401 tank
A Division 401 tankCredit: IDF Spokesman
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

An Israel Defense Forces tank fired an unarmed shell at another armoured vehicle during a training exercise by Brigade 401 in the Golan Heights on Thursday, damaging the vehicle that was struck but causing no injuries.

Brigadier General Nadav Padan, commander of Division 162, responded by halting the drill.

The mistaken shooting came two months after a battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Tal David was dismissed from his post after his soldiers fired a mortar that killed Captain Yishai Rosales, a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant, at a training exercise at the Ze'elim base in the Negev.

Two other commanders of Battalion 75 which was conducting the exercise, and the three-member mortar crew were also discharged for that shooting.

An investigation showed that in the exercise, the mortar that was fired struck about 1.5 kilometers further than planned hitting a watch post which killed Rosales, a safety monitor who had no role in the exercise. The mortar also wounded another soldier in the Ze'elim incident.