Four reserve soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces' Alpine Unit suffered minor and moderate injuries on Tuesday during routine activity in the upper range of the Hermon Mountain. The men were airlifted to Safed's Ziv Medical Center in Safed and to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
Injured soldiers were airlifted (Photo: Shai Vaknin)
The troops evidently slipped on a layer of ice that formed on the slope. They were initially treated by an IDF medical team, then by a Magen David Adom crew from the Jordan Valley District.
The condition of two of the soldiers, who suffered head and pelvis injuries, is defined as moderate. The other two suffered minor injuries to their limbs and lower back.
The Alpine Unit has been active in the Hermon Mountain Range for the past few years from October to March. Only reserve soldiers serve in the unit, which is considered an elite infantry squad. After the injured troops were evacuated, the unit resumed normal activity in its mountaintop posts.