IDF Discloses Soldier Killed by Friendly Fire in South Israel Terror Attack

Israel Defense Forces investigation reveals Golani Brigade soldier, Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali, killed by friendly fire in confrontation with terrorist in August 18 attack.

An Israel Defense Forces investigation into the terrorist attacks on Israel's south on August 18, has revealed that Golani Brigade soldier, Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali, who died in the attack, was killed by friendly fire.

Golani Brigade commander, Colonel Ofek Buchris, met Friday with the relatives of Staff  Naftali, aged 22, to tell them that the preliminary findings of the IDF investigation lead to the conclusion that Naftali was killed by one friendly fire from a fellow soldier.

Moshe Naftali - 19082011

According to the investigation, four soldiers, including Naftali, who were first to arrive on the scene of the attack, alighted from their vehicle together in order to attack one of the terrorists. One of Naftali's fellow soldiers fired at the terrorist, and Naftali was hit by friendly fire.

"The results of the investigation show that the forces that dealt with the attack acted professionally and with determination, they brought a quick end to the incident and assassinated the terrorists," The IDF spokesman said.

"Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali led his soldiers with courage in the face of terrorists and in the coming days the investigation will continue in order to learn lessons to evade a similar situation in the future."

Staff Sgt. Naftali was one of five people killed in the terror attacks in Israel's south on August 18. The remaining four victims are Yosef Levi, aged 52, from Holon; Sisters Flora Gez and Shula Karlitzky, aged 52 and 54 respectively, and their husbands, Moshe, aged 53 and Dov, aged 58. The two couples lived in Kfar Saba and were on their way to a vacation in Eilat when their car was attacked.