New Israeli Military Recruit Dies During Stamina Test

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IDF soldiers during a training exercise. The defense establishment says it will have to cut back on training.Credit: Ilan Assayag

A new recruit in the Givati Brigade died on Tuesday just a day after his induction during a physical training exercise at his base, the IDF and military sources said.

The soldier was identified as Yehuda Suissa, 19 from a moshav south of the Tel Aviv area called Beit Uziel.

Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive Suissa after he collapsed during a stamina test. 

The IDF was investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Division 162 commander Brig. Gen. Nadav Padan banned physical training exercises and strenuous workouts in the division's units, including the Givati Brigade's training base, the Nahal and Battalion 404.

In August an 18-year-old soldier, Dan Sela, died during a trip to Jerusalem. Sela had also been a new recruit, and suffered heat stroke. The same month, reservist Zecharia Gil, 44, died after complaining of chest pain while he was running.   

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