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IDF Soldier Killed in ‘friendly Fire’

August 21, 1996
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An Israeli soldier was killed and another seriously injured in southern Lebanon this week when they were mistakenly fired on by another group of Israel Defense Force soldiers.

The soldiers, belonging to the Givati brigade, were returning from patrol early Tuesday in the western sector of the security zone.

According to reports, the unit split into two groups because of a possible ambush while they were passing through the overgrown terrain. At one point, one group thought that there was movement in the bushes and opened fire before realizing that it was the other group of Israeli troops.

The dead soldier was identified as Staff Sgt. Valery Ganzman, 22, of Upper Nazareth. Members of his family said Tuesday night that he had one week left of army service before his discharge.

The second soldier, who was taken to a hospital in Nahariya, was wounded in the chest and legs and was listed in serious but stable condition.

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