An Israeli Defense Forces soldier has been killed while participating in an operation to clear a minefield in the southern Golan Heights.
The 19-year-old soldier, Roey Yisrael Alfi, was a member of the Engineering Corps. He was participating in an advanced training course near Moshav Yonatan when an old mine went off.
A senior army source said that the mine exploded for unknown reasons.
Ground Forces Commander Major General Guy Tzur appointed a committee of inquiry to investigate the incident.
The occupied Golan Heights is an area surrounded by the Yarmouk River in the south, the Sea of Galilee and Hula Valley in the west, Mount Hermon in the north, and the Raqqad Wadi in the east.
Israel has occupied the western two thirds of this region. Syria controls the eastern third.
Tel Aviv has recently boosted military activities in the area, where clashes between Syrian forces and foreign-sponsored militants have spiked dramatically.
The Israeli military has set up a â€œmilitary field hospitalâ€ at military outpost 105 in the occupied Golan Heights to treat wounded militants fighting against the government in neighboring Syria.