Tank commander in critical condition after being hit by cannon

A soldier was injured during a training accident at a military base in Southern Israel and was evacuated to a hospital in critical condition. The incident is being investigated and his family was notified.
IDF tank Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The IDF Spokesperson announced this morning (Tuesday) that a soldier was critically wounded during a training session at his military base in Southern Israel last night. The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital for medical treatment.

“His family was notified and the circumstances of the incident are being investigated,” added the IDF Spokesperson. An initial examination suggests that the accident was caused by a phenomenon known as the “barrel jump,” when the barrel of the cannon “jumps” because of an electrical malfunction. In this case, it appears that the cannon’s anvil hit the soldier’s head as he was in the tank’s turret.

The commander managed to exit the tank by himself but then collapsed. Other commanders in the area evacuated him on a stretcher to the helicopter.

Yesterday, another soldier was injured during a training accident at the IDF’s Mitkan Adam Base. The soldier was evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment in moderate-light condition after being hit by shrapnel in his back.

This morning, IDF Comptroller Ilan Harari opened an extensive unannounced inspection ordered by IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot. The purpose of the inspection is to examine the importance of commanders in training as the figures in charge of shaping the soldiers with an emphasis on basic training and the transition from civilian life to the life of a soldier. In addition, the way commanders treat soldiers will be examined. Training bases from all IDF units will be inspected.


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