Israeli commandos shot dead in ‘mistaken identification’ — Analysis

The friendly-fire incident comes after the IDF adopted extra trigger-happy engagement guidelines

Two Israeli army officers serving in an elite unit have been killed in a pleasant hearth incident throughout a safety patrol within the West Financial institution. The Israeli Protection Forces have launched a “complete investigation” into their deaths.

The corporate commanders from the Egoz particular operations unit, Maj. Ofek Aharon, 28, and Maj. Itamar Elharar, 26, have been misidentified and shot throughout a safety patrol on Wednesday close to the Nabi Musa base within the West Financial institution. 

In accordance with Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, the pinnacle of the Central Command, the troopers had gear stolen from them the evening earlier than, they usually have been looking for the thieves or the gear. They reportedly did so with out speaking their actions, and with out having radios on them. 

“The evening earlier than that they had gear stolen, they usually simply completed a drill they usually have been involved that thieves would come again and take extra,” Fuchs stated, as he informed the media about among the troopers’ ultimate moments. 

A fellow soldier misidentified the patrolling service members as “armed terrorists” once they have been meters aside. Photographs have been reportedly fired when the servicemen have been inside “10-15 meters of one another.” Each officers have been shot and later died from their accidents. 

Israeli military changes open-fire rules

The Israeli army have just lately loosened their restrictions on the principles of engagement with suspected thieves, permitting troops to make use of lethal power.

Israeli Protection Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ran Kohav informed Kan radio on Thursday that the taking pictures was “after all” unintentional, although it hurts “extra” that such pleasant hearth impacts such high-ranking service members. 

“Each few years such an occasion occurs by chance. Relating to fighters and officers in elite models it hurts much more,” Kohav stated. 

Protection Minister Benny Ganz promised a “complete investigation” into the deaths and stated in an announcement he felt “deep sorrow,” whereas Prime Minister Naftali Bennett marked the “very unhappy day” by honoring the lads giving “their finest years” to “defending our homeland.”

“Your entire folks of Israel mourns for them,” Bennett stated. 

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