Israel: Two 'Egoz' officers killed during exercises

Bennett says country in mourning

13 January, 11:56

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, 13 GEN - Two officers from Israel's elite Unit Egoz special forces were killed Wednesday night following an exercise in the Jordan Valley, due to what the military spokesman later called "an identification error".

    According to initial reports, the mistake was made by a third officer, and a close-range firefight followed.

    The two officers were immediately transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Jerusalem, but rescue efforts were unsuccessful.

    "It is a very sad day," said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

    "Those two commanders dedicated their best years to the security of Israel and the defense of the homeland. The people of Israel are in mourning".

    This incident is the second of its kind in two weeks, following the deaths of two aviation officers when their helicopter crashed. (ANSAmed).

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