Fourth Soldier Killed by Friendly Fire in Gaza
(IsraelNN.com) The IDF has cleared for publication the news that a fourth IDF soldier was also killed in Gaza on Monday in a second friendly fire incident during ground operations. The soldier, a member of an elite paratroopers unit, was reportedly killed when a stray IDF mortar shell struck in the area where his unit was operation in northern Gaza.
Three other soldiers were killed on Monday evening by a misfired shell from an IDF tank. The incident took place at approximately 6:00 p.m., and was released for publication early on Tuesday morning.
Corporal Yousuf Muadi, 19, of Haifa will be laid to rest in the cemtery at the Galilee Druze village of Yerka at 3:00 p.m. Corporal Muadi was a member of the Golani's Battalion 13.
An initial investigation revealed that a large group of soldiers had taken refuge in a building at the edge of the city of Jebaliya during heavy fighting in Gaza. The group had been targeted by mortar shells fired by Hamas.
After a short time a loud explosion was heard and the building the soldiers had entered began to collapse. While soldiers initially believed the building may have been rigged with bombs or hit by an anti-tank round fired by Hamas, further investigation showed the blast was caused by the misfired tank round.
A soldier was critically wounded in the accident and three were seriously wounded. Another 20 were lightly or moderately wounded.
The wounded received initial first aid at the scene and were removed by ambulances and helicopters. Tank units provided cover, keeping Hamas terrorists away from the scene until the soldiers had all been taken out for treatment.
One of the wounded was identified as brigade commander Avi Peled. Peled was lightly wounded, but refused to be taken from the scene and instead stayed to direct rescue efforts.
The other soldiers' names have not yet been released for publication. Their families have been notified.