A 20-year-old Israeli soldier from a prestigious combat died after being lethally wounded in a friendly fire incident in a military base in central Israel on Tuesday.
The bullet that killed him was fired from the gun of a fellow soldier and military investigators are looking into the circumstances of the incident.
Sgt. Shachar Strug from the elite “Duvdevan” unit was to receive a post-mortem promotion to the rank of staff sergeant and will be laid to rest Wednesday at a cemetery in Tel Aviv. He was originally from the near-by suburb of Givatayim.
The accident took place at the Central Command of the Israel Defense Forces. After being wounded by another soldier’s gunfire, Strug was rushed to hospital in critical conditions and declared dead shortly afterwards.
The Duvdevan unit of the Israeli army, to which Strug belonged, is renowned for its undercover, high-risk actions in the Palestinian territories and has been popularized by the successful TV series “Fauda.”
Central Command Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan ordered an investigation into the incident. Col. Bezalel Shneid has been chosen to lead the inquiries into the case.
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Last August, another friendly fire shooting took place, with one soldier being moderately injured during an IDF operation near Bethlehem.