The fighters did not follow the procedures.
Denis Zinoviev (photo: IDF spokesman)
The investigation into the death of Kfir Brigade fighter Corporal Denis Zinoviev, who was killed by a grenade explosion in his room, raised suspicions of a series of safety failures and poor conduct by the commanders in the training areas, a military source said. The last ones were 18-year-old Zinoviev and his company mates.
According to the assessment of those who were in the field, the soldiers returned to the rooms with grenades, and not with grenades, contrary to the safety regulations regarding training with grenade launchers. It also emerged that this was apparently a systematic thing, because another grenade was found in the room, Therefore, the responsibility also belonged to the commanders.
"This is a very serious incident and this is how it is treated in the land arm," explained another military official.
"It is not in line with the brigade's standard in general. Now the serial number of the ammunition is being checked against the grenades issued to the unit before ranges in the field."
He added that this is one of the points focused on by the special investigation team, the operational investigation of the unit and the investigation of the Ministry of Defense.
The incident is under investigation by the Israel Defense Forces. Evacuation of the wounded from the base in the Jordan Valley, Rishon (Photo: TPS)
The military source emphasized that it is the responsibility of the commanders in the field to ensure not only the extraction of the grenades from the machine guns, but also their collection and transfer to the supervision of those in charge, to the weapons personnel at the armory or back to the bunker.
In the parades carried out yesterday in the living quarters of the soldiers at the training base of the Kafir Brigade, additional explosive ammunition was found in addition to the grenade that killed Zinoviev.
In the incident, another fighter was seriously injured and two others were slightly injured.
After the incident, which took place on the night between Saturday and Sunday, the IDF said that the military police opened an investigation into the circumstances of the case and at the end of it the findings will be forwarded to the military attorney's office for consideration. In addition, the commander of the ground arm, Colonel Tamir Yedai, ordered the establishment of an expert committee.
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