ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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IDF soldier moderately hurt in apparent training accident in south

Serviceman taken to hospital for treatment after being shot during military exercise

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Illustrative: Soldiers from the Givati Brigade train near Kibbutz Merom Golan in northern Golan Heights on December 27, 2022. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)
Illustrative: Soldiers from the Givati Brigade train near Kibbutz Merom Golan in northern Golan Heights on December 27, 2022. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

An Israeli soldier was moderately injured in an apparent training accident in southern Israel on Wednesday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF, the soldier was shot during a military exercise at the Tzeelim base in the Negev desert.

A military source told The Times of Israel Thursday morning that the soldier — from the Rotem battalion of the Givati infantry brigade — had been hit in the leg by a round accidentally discharged by a Negev light machine gun.

He was taken to the Soroka hospital in Beersheba in moderate condition.

The IDF said it launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident, and the soldier’s family was notified.

The incident came days after after a soldier was killed at a military base near Jerusalem due to a suspected accidental discharge from a weapon. The soldier who was suspected of accidentally discharging his weapon on January 3 was detained. The deceased was named as Cpl. Baruch Kabarta, 19, from the central city of Petah Tikvah.

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