Two IDF officers were killed: New details about the shooting in the Jordan Valley

Additional details were allowed today (Thursday) for the publication of the tragic shooting incident last night near the IDF camp in the Jordan Valley in which two IDF officers, Major Ofek Aharon And Major Itamar Elharar.

IDF Spokesman Brigadier General Ren star Told that the chief of staff was in the morning at the scene of the incident to see firsthand and decided that Maj. Gen. Noam Tibon Will head the test team which will be composed of a team of experts and will start working immediately, At the same time as the MPIZ investigation was opened. General Tibon had already received a briefing from the Chief of Staff on the incident. It was further decided that At the beginning of next week, there will be a “General Staff Detention Day” in the army that will deal with safety issues and training accidents..

Commander of the Central Command, Champion Yehuda FoxHe added: “First of all, it was said that we lost two very serious officers in Walnut, one of the best of our officers, and I share the grief of the families. These are two serious company commanders who predicted a great future for them later. The commander of a trend in Walnut or SMGD in Golani.

Fox expanded and provided more details on the tragic event: “The event itself, in order to make order: there is a range and range batteries in the area of ​​Nabi Musa at the end of which was a tent complex that was used for overnight accommodation. The night before the event, a helmet and night vision device were stolen. “Safety and security instructions, and send the soldiers to sleep.”

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Two uncoordinated forces leave the encampment, One of the team commanders with night vision equipment and weapons , Who goes out into space to look for suspects in stealing the night-vision device. At the same time, four more commanders leave without coordination, Three factions and another fighter, Who set out to do a scan in the range area to look for the thief and shed light on the incident“.

He added: “There are people in the encampment who knew that the four went out on patrol but The two forces did not know about each other. There were thefts in the space. “They thought the thieves would come again after the training and decided to go out and perform the scans quietly and hoped to catch him.”

“About 200 yards away The force of the four identifies a suspicious figure in the area of ​​one of the ranges, They reach it on the flank and advance towards it, climbing on the embankment and identifying it with a night vision device 200-300 meters away from them. They go in his direction and reduce ranges towards him until they reach a very close range from him. ”

“At the same time, the officer who went out alone goes to an area where he saw suspicious movements possibly related to a theft that happened the night before. Then he hears a noise from the range behind him, he turns around and they bump into each other. He is convinced that there is an enemy in front of him with weapons and they are convinced that he is also an enemy and fire is opened from a very short range of 10-15 meters“.

The question of who opened fire first is under investigation by the MPC. There was no procedure for suspicious arrest or shooting in the air. There was a case of misidentification, a sense of danger and opening fire at very short ranges. Apparently the shooting was from both directions, The four fire at the lone officer and do not hit him and he fires at them when it is not clear at this point who opened fire first. I guess he shot first and hit them“I do not know how many bullets.”

“This incident takes place in a matter of seconds and while shouting In those seconds they realize it is our forces, recognize it within seconds And begin to treat casualties. Immediately afterwards, medical treatment began and medical forces of the armored battalion that trained at the Nabi Musa base itself were called, their deaths were determined in the field. “Fox noted that” I understand the forces were not with radios and called the medical forces on the cell phone. ”

The commander of the PKMZ added: “The incident is not related to the issue of the opening fire procedure, There is a very close range identification of people who in the eyes of the officer were terrorists with weapons and his reaction time was very short. Was here Identify a zero range of gunmen with weapons in front of you. The four moved in operational motion He thought he had been ambushed. There is no connection between the incident and the instructions to open fire, this is a second of decision-making. ”

Fox reiterated that there was no connection to the opening fire regulations because an incident actually developed in which the officer realized he was in danger of death from terrorists and acted in a second of making a decision. He noted that the officer is being treated and that he is being hugged and cared for.

The scene of the shooting incident in the Jordan Valley (Photo: Yonatan Zindel, Flash 90)

Chief of Staff Kochavi: “An inspection committee headed by Maj. Gen. Noam Tibon will be established today.”

The Chief of General Staff, Major General Aviv Kochavi, recently arrived at the scene of an incident in the Jordan Valley. The chief of staff interrogated on the spot and spoke with commanders at the scene of the incident, including the commander of the Central Command, Major General Yehuda Fox, the commander of the fire brigade, Brigadier General Ofer Winter, the commander of the commando brigade, Colonel Manny Liberty and other commanders.

At the end of his visit, the Chief of Staff said: ‘Tonight’s event is a very difficult and very unfortunate event. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the families of those killed, the Aharon family and the Elharar family and I want to strengthen all the soldiers and commanders involved in the incident. “The preservation of human life is at the forefront of our minds, and it is our duty to thoroughly investigate the incident and draw lessons from it in all areas, on all issues and at all levels of command.”

“We immediately began investigating the incident and in addition, a commission of inquiry will be set up today, headed by a reserve general and with the participation of relevant commanders and experts. We will go into depth in the immediate time frame. It is incumbent on all of us to study them, deepen them and apply the lessons accordingly.

“We must not miss any section in order to prevent the next incident. The IDF will be examined in its operational activity and achievements and the quality of its training, but no less so in preserving human life. We must do everything we can to prevent such incidents.”

The IDF shares the families’ grief and will continue to accompany them. Investigate the circumstances of the ongoing incident.


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