Man hit by friendly fire during terror attack dies of wounds, hospital confirms

Yuval Castleman (courtesy)
Yuval Castleman (courtesy)

A passerby who was shot by off duty soldiers who mistook him for a terrorist gunman in Jerusalem has died of wounds sustained during the Thursday morning incident, Shaarei Zedek hospital says in a statement.

Yuval Doron Castleman would have turned 38 on Friday. The hospital says doctors worked for hours to save his life after he was brought to the hospital with critical injuries.

On Thursday morning, Castleman jumped out of his car after spotting two terrorists opening fire on people at a bus stop, in an attack later claimed by the Hamas terror group. He and two off duty soldiers opened fire at the attackers, killing them, but the troops then turned their weapons on Castleman, thinking he was one of the attackers.

The Mevesseret Zion resident “formerly served in the security services, was always a hero and the first to jump into action to save a life, as he did this time,” the hospital says in a statement.

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