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Probe starts after two Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire in Jordan Valley

Tel Aviv Two Israeli officers are dead after a friendly fire incident during a security patrol adjacent to a military base in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on Thursday. “The officers were misidentified and mistakenly killed by IDF fire,” the defence forces said in a statement. The families of the officers were notified. The Jerusalem Post reported of a live-fire drill in the valley. They had finished the drill in the firing zone of the Nabi Musa base and were patrolling when they identified a suspicious figure. They then initiated the procedure to arrest the individual, including shooting in the air, according to the report. They were then shot at by another IDF soldier who misidentified the officers as possible terrorists. The exact circumstances of the late Wednesday accident are under review, according to the IDF statement. (Agencies)

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