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IDF Soldier Dies in Training Accident

Evyatar Yosefi was identified as the soldier killed during a training exercise in the Galilee Monday.

Yosefi, a 20-year-old resident of Givat Shmuel who served in the Paratroopers Brigade, was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Yosefi was knocked down when a flash flood hit the Nahal Hilazon creek south of Karmiel in the Galilee overnight, while taking part in a field navigation training exercise.

Following the incident, the commander of the ground forces, Major General Kobi Barak, ordered that all navigational exercises in the IDF be stopped.

During the course of the training, two other soldiers were injured. They were evacuated to Rambam Hospital suffering from hypothermia.

The initial investigation indicated that Yosefi tried in the darkness to cross the stream with his friend, but stumbled and drifted away shouting: “I am sliding!” About two hours later, he was found about 100 meters from the place of his fall.

The commander of the Central Command, Major General Nadav Padan, ordered the establishment of a team of experts headed by the commander of the Etzioni Brigade, Colonel Oren Simcha, to examine the circumstances of the incident.


  • 2. Andrea Schonberger wrote:

    Training exercises can be dangerous. During my husband’s 20 year career in the United States Army he participated in numerous training exercises, two of which resulted in death. Condolences to the family.

  • 3. my heart aches wrote:

    a beautiful neshama – was called back – leaving his family with broken hearts.
    We need Moshiach now!
    All the broken hearts will be repaired when we will all be reunited!! Make it now Hashem!!


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