Israel at War: Five Soldiers Killed by Friendly Fire in Gaza

According to the initial investigation, a tank crew thought that a building the paratroopers took over was harbored by terrorists

Israel at War: Five Soldiers Killed by Friendly Fire in Gaza

Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Five IDF Paratrooper Brigade fighters were killed yesterday (Wednesday) in a tragic friendly-fire accident in the Gaza Strip. Three additional soldiers were seriously wounded. 

The incident occurred in the Jabaliya area, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, which Israel’s ground forces re-entered to crack down on Hamas’ regrouping attempts. According to the initial investigation, the paratroopers took over a building in Jabaliya – but a nearby tank unit suspected that it was harbored by terrorists, and fired two shells at it. 

However, the army has yet to figure out the apparent deviation from the sector's boundaries, since the armored unit that erred belongs to the same combat team of the paratroopers (Battalion 202). Therefore, it is unclear how this fatal mistake occurred. It is also unclear at the moment what the tank crew’s briefing included. 

The fallen soldiers are 22-year-old Roy Beit Yaakov; 22-year-old Gilad Arye Boim; 20-year-old Daniel Chemu; 20-year-old Ilan Cohen; and 21-year-old Bezalel Daviv Shashua.

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