Worker Was Killed Weighing Explosive

The Israel Military Industries worker killed Sunday in an explosion at a weapons and ammunition factory in Ramat Hasharon has been identified as Meir Muallam, 46, of Netanya.

At the time of the blast, Muallam was weighing a small quantity of a sensitive explosive in an open-sided shed in an isolated part of the facility.

It was the fourth blast with casualties at an IMI factory in the past year, and the second at the Ramat Hasharon plant since January, when another worker was killed.

In an odd coincidence, Muallam’s brother was reported to have been one of those injured in an explosion at another IMI factory in the Kfar Shmaryahu-Nof Yam area, north of Tel Aviv, last July. That blast left two dead and several injured.

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