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Soldier killed, three wounded by accidental grenade blast at Jordan Valley base


An Israeli soldier was killed and another three wounded after a grenade accidentally exploded late Saturday night at a military training base in the Jordan Valley, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The incident occurred at around midnight between Saturday and Sunday in the living quarters of the Kfir Brigade training base in the Jordan Valley, close to the settlement of Ro’i.

The soldier — who was not immediately named — was declared dead at the scene following resuscitation efforts.

The other three wounded soldiers were taken to hospitals for treatment. One was listed in serious condition, and the other two were described as having minor injuries from the grenade blast.

The IDF initially barred publication of the fact that the deadly incident occurred until the families of soldiers had been notified.

Military Police launched an investigation into the incident, the findings of which will be given to military prosecutors to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

According to an initial probe, one soldier brought a grenade he found during a training exercise back to the base and kept it in his bag — in an apparent violation of IDF protocol — where it later exploded.

It was unclear what exactly had set off the munition, but the probe suggested it may have happened after the bag was moved.

Six soldiers were killed in work or training accidents in 2022, and another soldier was killed in early January by a suspected accidental discharge from a comrade’s weapon.

Saturday’s incident came days after an Israeli soldier was moderately injured in an apparent training accident in southern Israel. According to the IDF, the soldier was shot during a military exercise on Wednesday at the Tzeelim base in the Negev desert.

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