A very scary episode in Israel:
An IDF soldier was killed Tuesday in the middle of a farewell ceremony held in honor of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in attendance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other state dignitaries.
The soldier fell from a vantage point he was occupying on a high building and a bullet misfired from his gun.
According to Israel Radio, the incident happened no more than 200 meters from where Olmert was standing.
Separately, two female soldiers fainted.
Initially, the prime minister’s security personnel withdrew their handguns and rushed Olmert and Sarkozy to the French president’s plane, fearing a terror attack.
Zaka is calling it a suicide:
Israel Radio said the soldier who was shot was stationed 100 metres to 200 metres (yards) away from the plane. Two women soldiers who witnessed the shooting fainted and were treated by medics.
Israel’s volunteer medical service Zaka said the soldier apparently committed suicide.
It’s tragic either way but if it is a suicide at least he had enough sense not to try and take anyone else with him.