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2 IDF commandos injured as grenade explodes in apparent training accident

Blast wounds soldiers from elite Duvdevan Unit; last week, a deadly friendly-fire incident involved troops from another elite detachment

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Soldiers from the IDF Commando Brigade take part in a large-scale training exercise in November 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
Soldiers from the IDF Commando Brigade take part in a large-scale training exercise in November 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

Two Israel Defense Forces commandos were lightly injured on Tuesday when a grenade exploded in an apparent training accident in the central West Bank, the military said.

The circumstances of the blast were not immediately known. The military said it was investigating the matter.

The soldiers, from the military’s elite Duvdevan Unit, were taking part in a “routine exercise” at their base in the Mishor Adumim area of the West Bank, east of Jerusalem, when the “military ordnance” exploded, the IDF said.

The injured troops were taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus for treatment.

The incident came days after after two officers, also members of the IDF’s Commando Brigade, were shot dead by a fellow officer in a case of friendly fire, after the latter mistook them for armed suspects.

On Sunday, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi called on the entire military to halt normal activities and discuss that accident, as well as a helicopter crash earlier this month in which two pilots were killed.

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