IDF soldier killed by mine in Golan Heights

Illustrative photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson’s Unit

Cpl. Roie (Isreal) Alfi was killed when the mine exploded, as forces cleared minefields in the southern Golan Heights

Date: 22/05/2013, 11:32 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Cpl. Roie (Isreal) Alfi was killed by a mine explosion yesterday (Tuesday, May 21), while clearing minefields in the southern Golan Heights. The 19-year-old soldier, a resident of Gan Yavne, was in training within the Combat Engineering Corps. His family has been notified.

This morning, he was posthumously promoted from the rank of Private to that of Corporal.

IDF soldier killed by mine in Golan Heights

 Cpl. Roie (Isreal) Alfi

Chief of the Ground Forces Command Maj. Gen. Guy Zur has appointed a team of experts to investigate the incident.

A senior officer discussed the incident in a briefing to reporters yesterday. “We didn’t miss the mine. We didn’t step on it accidentally – it was identified and marked. This was a mine that was supposed to react to a weight of at least 150 kilograms [331 pounds], because this was an anti-tank minefield. The deceased soldier, like the rest of the soldiers, wore all the protective gear required for this sort of activity,” he stated. “The minefield was mapped. These were mines of the IDF (Zahal).”

This officer added, “This was activity during the basic training of the Combat Engineering Corps, in which a company in its advanced training phase participated. This activity occurs regularly in the squad commanders’ and officers’ training courses throughout the year.”