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Manslaughter conviction for IDF soldier who accidentally killed comrade

Staff Sgt. Yonatan Granot, killed by an apparent accidental discharge from another serviceman’s weapon on a base in the Jordan Valley (Courtesy)
Staff Sgt. Yonatan Granot, killed by an apparent accidental discharge from another serviceman’s weapon on a base in the Jordan Valley (Courtesy)

An Israel Defense Forces soldier who accidentally shot and killed his comrade on a military base in the Jordan Valley last year is convicted of manslaughter.

He is to be sentenced next month and is expected to receive a lengthy jail term.

The officer, named only with the first Hebrew initial of his name, “Mem,” was unfamiliar with the weapon he was handling at the time of the shooting, and was not authorized to use it, the military found.

He shot 22-year-old Staff Sgt. Yonatan Granot of the Nahal Brigade on February 23, 2021. The bullet struck Granot in the head, critically injuring him.

Granot was taken by helicopter to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem for treatment, but was pronounced dead three days later.

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