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IDF tank soldiers participate in military drill with Merkava III tanks. (2013)

IDF General Coby Barak, head of Israel’s Home Front Command, has ordered a complete halt to all military exercises until Friday.

All units have been ordered instead to conduct discussions of safety procedures, and to review what happens when those procedures are not followed to the letter.

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The move comes in the wake of a series of incidents over the past several months that include various safety accidents. The most serious of all involved the tragic death of a soldier who allegedly fell asleep during a live fire exercise, according to one Hebrew-language media report.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.