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Netanyahu’s son lightly injured during IDF training

Concerned prime minister rushes to hospital to check on Avner, who’s serving in a combat intelligence unit

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, seen with their son Avner (C) as he prepares to begin his IDF service, December 01, 2014. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, seen with their son Avner (C) as he prepares to begin his IDF service, December 01, 2014. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Avner, was injured during an IDF training accident on Tuesday and taken to the emergency room for treatment at Barzilai Hospital, in the southern city of Ashkelon.

Although specific details of the incident were not clear, Netanyahu was said to be very lightly injured, and doctors released him to recuperate at home for several days.

The prime minister rushed to the hospital to visit his youngest son while he was being treated.

Avner began his service at the beginning of December and joined a combat field intelligence unit. Benjamin and Sara came to see their son off, as did Avner’s older brother, Yair, who had already completed his military service.

Avner made headlines in 2010 when he finished third in an international Bible quiz held each year on Israel’s Independence Day. Although offered a spot in the army’s media corps, he chose to serve in a combat role.

Yair, who served in the IDF’s spokesperson’s office, was the only non-commissioned soldier in the army to have a bodyguard detail, a measure usually reserved only for very senior officers.

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