Creator of Galil Assault Rifle Dies
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Creator of Galil Assault Rifle Dies

Yisrael Galili, who invented the Galil assault rifle and helped create the Uzi submachine gun, died March 9 of a hear attack. He was 72.

Galili died while waiting in line for a physical examination in his hometown of Givatayim, a Tel Aviv suburb.

For more than four decades, Galili worked for Israeli military industries. He was considered an expert in developing light weapons.

The Galil is widely used by the Israel Defense Force. Galili assisted Uzi Gal in the creation of the Uzi, also used by the IDF.

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