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Soldier dies during military screening tests

Combat Engineering training session in south ends with tragic results; initial examination suggests death caused by heart defect

A soldier with the IDF's Combat Engineering Corps collapsed and died Wednesday, during military screening tests in a southern base.


He was given CPR at the scene for over 90 minutes and then rushed to the Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat, where doctors had no choice but to pronounce him dead.


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An initial medical examination into Yehoshua Hafetz's death revealed that the cause of death was a heart defect. The complete findings will be available after an autopsy.


Hafetz was performing screening exercises for the Yahalom Unit, the corps' Special Operations Engineering Unit. Initial details suggest he collapsed while running.


The IDF has launched an inquest into the soldier's death. The Medical Corps has launched a parallel, independent inquiry in the matter as well.



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