IDF Soldier Killed in an Exchange of Gunfire

Sgt. Nadav Rotenberg killed by a mortar shell when a group of armed Palestinians were discovered planting an explosive device along the security fence of the Gaza Strip Sgt. Nadav Rotenberg killed by a mortar shell when a group of armed Palestinians were discovered planting an explosive device along the security fence of the Gaza Strip

Date: 07/01/2011, 1:28 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

IDF (Zahal) soldier, 20-year-old Sgt. Nadav Rotenberg from Ramot Hashavim (central Israel) was killed on Saturday (Jan. 8) during an exchange of fire on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The soldier’s family was notified. During the event another officer was moderately injured and three other soldiers lightly injured. The soldiers were transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

Following the event, a preliminary investigation took place in the area by Commander of Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Tal Russo and Commander of the Gaza Division, Brig. Gen. Yossi Bachar, during which it was discovered that Sgt. Nadav Rotenberg and the other soldiers were hit by an IDF (Zahal) mortar shell fired. For reasons still being investigated, the mortar shell wavered from its intended course, hitting the force doing a search after a terrorist cell was found planting explosive devices near the security fence near kibbutz Nirim.

Maj. Gen. Russo has ordered a special investigation crew headed by an officer with the rank of Lt. Col. to investigate the circumstances of the event.