Yonatan Ben Yishai

Soldier hit by tank dies

Golani sergeant Yonatan Ben Yishai succumbs to mortal wounds sustained during exercise in the Golan Heights; IDF inquest in progress

Golani sergeant Yonatan Ben Yishai, 20, who sustained mortal wounds on Monday during a training exercise in the Golan Heights, died Thursday.


Ben Yishai suffered life-threatening wounds to his upper torso during tank maneuvers involving Golani and 188th Armored Brigade troops.


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He was airlifted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa where doctors fought for his life, but to no avail.


The IDF inquest into the accident is ongoing.


מרכבה סימן 3 באימון (ארכיון) (צילום: אביהו שפירא)

(Archives: IDF) 


An initial investigation revealed that the Ben-Yishai, serving in a medical position with Golani's 51st Squadron, was run over by Merkava 3 tank, while he was on the ground.


One of the leads being pursued is the possibility that he fell asleep at one of the maneuvers' rendezvous points, and the team, who were driving the tank in reverse, did not see him.


Sergeant Ben Yishai will be laid to rest on Thursday evening at the Ashdod Military Cemetery.



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