Tragic Accident: 2 IDF Officers Killed by Friendly Fire

Officers on patrol fired into the air after spotting a suspect, who turned out to be a soldier from their unit who returned deadly fire

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: IDF
Illustration. Photo: Moshe Shai/FLASH90

Two Israeli army officers fell victim to a tragic shooting accident on Wednesday night during a security patrol near an IDF base in the Jordan Valley.

The friendly-fire incident was the result of mistaken identity leading to the fatal exchange of fire. The IDF Spokesman said that the families of the two victims had been notified.

After initial investigations, it was determined that the two officers were on patrol near the base when they spotted another figure and, believing it to be a terror suspect, fired their guns into the air. The other figure, who turned out to be a soldier from the same unit, believed he was under attack from terrorists and returned fire, killing the two officers.

The two fallen soldiers were identified as Ofek Aharon, 28, and Itamar Elharar, 26.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennet commented on the incident on Twitter and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

“This is a very sad morning.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of the two officers who were killed last night in a tragic accident.

“The two commanders devoted their best years to Israel’s security and defense of the homeland. The whole nation of Israel mourns their passing.

“The IDF is investigating the difficult incident and the necessary lessons will be learned.

“May they rest in peace.”

 

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