An Israeli soldier who was moderately wounded while preventing a gun smuggling attempt on the Jordanian border this week was hit by friendly fire, a military investigation found.
The Israel Defense Forces seized 21 guns, including several assault rifles, as well as ammunition. Three of the smugglers were arrested and their two cars were seized, the military said Thursday.
According to the IDF, on Monday evening, the reservist soldier’s unit spotted the smuggling attempt along the Jordan border and moved in to stop it.
The reservist was struck when a fellow soldier fired at one of the smugglers, and sustained moderate injuries.
“The investigation is ongoing,” the IDF said.
The injured reservist was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He remains hospitalized.