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Friendly fire kills Israeli army officer near Gaza

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli army officer commanding a unit during an operation near the Gaza security fence was killed by friendly fire.

The officer, identified as Capt. Tal Nachman, 21, of Nes Tziona, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a soldier from another unit operating in the area according to a preliminary investigation, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The unit of the shooter was relatively new to the area. The soldier did not have instructions to open fire, according to Haaretz.

The IDF is continuing its investigation of the incident.

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