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TWO BEIT JAN RESIDENTS SHOT BY SOLDIERS WHILE HUNTING BOARS

14 July 2004

By Uri Ash, Haaretz Correspondent

Two young men from Beit Jan were seriously wounded Wednesday after being shot by two off-duty Israel Defense Forces soldiers while both pairs were separately hunting boars near the village.

An investigation carried out by the Karmiel police revealed the two young men, who were hiding in a grove near Beit Jan, were carrying hunting rifles and waiting for boars to pass by.

At the same time, two 19-year-old soldiers, also from Beit Jan, were also out hunting boars in the area with military-issue M-16 rifles, with which it is forbidden to hunt.

According to the soldiers, when they heard a noise they assumed were boars they opened firing toward the source of the noise. They then discovered they had wounded their two friends.

Ambulances were called to the scene and evacuated the wounded men to area hospitals. Because the incident involves soldiers in compulsory service and involved IDF-issued weapons, investigation of the case was transferred to the Military Police.

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