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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