Two IDF officers were killed on Wednesday in a friendly-fire incident in the Jordan Valley. at around 11 PM.
“The officers were misidentified and mistakenly killed by IDF fire,” the IDF said in a statement on Thursday.
Maj. Ofek Aharon, age 28.
Maj. Itamar Elharar, age 26 and married.
These are the Egoz Unit company commanders that were misidentified & mistakenly killed by IDF fire during a security patrol last night.
May their memories be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/Tc5RP3xzX5
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 13, 2022
The two officers, Maj. Ofek Aharon and Maj. Itamar Elharar, served in the elite Egoz unit that specializes in guerrilla warfare and special reconnaissance.
Commander of the Central Command, Major General Yehuda Fuchs said Wednesday that the two officers apparently shot each other when they attempted to catch infiltrators smuggling weapons from the Nabi Musa training base in the Jordan Valley in which the incident took place. Night vision equipment was stolen from the troops inside the base while they were on a training exercise. The officers led a patrol around the base in an attempt top recover the stolen equipment. The two groups were uncoordinated and without helmets, vests or radios which may have contributed to the deadly confusion. One patrol consisted of three company commanders and a soldier, while the second was an officer acting alone.