Soldier seriously injured during shooting practice

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The soldier received first aid treatment at the scene and was then evacuated to a hospital for further treatment

Date: 01/02/2013, 6:06 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

A soldier was seriously injured by a gunshot earlier today (Wednesday, January 2), during shooting practice at the Beit-Lid base in central Israel.

The soldier received first aid treatment at the scene and was then evacuated to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera. Her family has been notified.

The Military Police has begun an investigation into the incident.

The incident follows a training accident that occurred last month, in which an IDF (Zahal) Soldier was moderately injured during a live-fire training exercise in the Jordan Valley. In that incident, Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz – who had visited the exercise shortly before the soldier was wounded – opted to turn his helicopter around to return to the exercise and evacuate the soldier himself. The soldier was then evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.