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Soldier who mistakenly shot comrade: I was just following procedures

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

The Military Advocate General issues a statement on behalf of the soldier who killed his comrade 20-year-old Nathan Fitoussi last night, saying he had “followed orders and instructions.”

“This is a heartbreaking tragic event, in which our client’s best friend lost his life. He wishes to send his sincere condolences to the family for their heavy loss,” the statement says.

“Our client participated all night in investigations of the unfortunate accident that happened during operational activity. Now the soldier is being asked to testify. All that can be said now, while the incident is still under investigation, is that the soldier followed orders and instructions,” the advocate general adds.

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