Due to a number of IDF training accidents that have occurred recently, the IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Moshe Ya’alon, instructed today to halt all training on the ground on Thursday, May 1, 2002, which will continue for a full day.

During this day, parallel to operational activity against terror, the day will be dedicated to learning lessons from recent training accidents, and to review procedures and internalizing the various safety issues.

It is important to note that in the case of each training accident, an investigative panel has been appointed to check the circumstances of the incidents. In addition, the military police has opened an investigation of the incidents.