Two Soldiers Killed in Accident

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and another critically hurt this week in a training accident at a military base located in central Israel.

Capt. Shmuel Ben Gershon, 21, of Jerusalem, and Staff Sgt. Moshe Cohen, 24, of Bat Yam, were killed in the accident Tuesday and were buried Wednesday.

An officer who was seriously hurt in the accident was hospitalized.

The army is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Israel Defense Force sources told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee this week that 17 soldiers were killed in IDF training accidents during 1993.

A military source said that in the past year the army has been reviewing safety regulations for training exercises.

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