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3 IDF officers dismissed following soldier’s death in water reservoirThree officers including a Major were dismissed following the investigating committee’s recommendation.
Three officers were dismissed and the continuation of their military service will be examined in the future following the recommendation of the committee that was in charge of investigating the death of Corporal Ilan Yankilbitz, who drowned in a water reservoir in the Negev last July. The committee determined that the commands given were not in line with the safety regulations.
Yankilbitz entered the reservoir with two friends. When the two saw that he did not return, they called for rescue forces. Once he was located, medics and paramedics of Magen David Adom (MDA) began life-saving medical treatment including CPR. However, they were left no choice but to determine the time of death.
Following the event, Chief of the Military Intelligence Directorate Major General Herzi Halevi appointed a committee to investigate the details of the case. The committee determined that "the death of Yankilbitz was caused by swallowing water and drowning." In addition, the committee found that there was a pattern of disregard for the safety standards in the unit’s routine conduct.
Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot accepted the committee’s recommendations and decided to dismiss both of Yankilbitz’s direct commanders holding the rank of Second Lieutenant as well as another commander holding the rank of Major. Another disciplinary inquiry will be conducted for the head of the branch, a civilian employee of the IDF.
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