Six months following the death of Cpl. Roi Alfi in the Golan due to an exploding land mine, the soldier's squadron commander was dismissed from his post after an investigation found him responsible for neglect while on duty, Israel Hayom was told.
The incident took place last May. Alfi and his friends, who were in an advanced training course in the engineering corps, were clearing an anti-tank minefield in the southern Golan for the first time. The mine that led to his death was marked for clearance, yet for an unknown reason, exploded while being identified. Alfi was killed instantly. The Israel Defense Forces believed the explosion was a result of technical malfunction, as anti-tank mines are not supposed to be activated without the heavy weight of an armored vehicle.
In the wake of the event, GOC Army Headquarters commander Brig. Gen. Guy Tzur appointed a team of experts led by a colonel to investigate the incident. Interim findings from the investigation indicate severe neglect on the part of the squadron commander, including not following proper procedures. Following this, it was decided that he would be dismissed from his position of squadron commander for training in the engineering corps. Yet, he was not dismissed from the IDF and will likely be transferred to a staff position.
The IDF spokesman responded to the incident: "The circumstances of Cpl. Roi Alfi's death, including the mine's explosion, are being investigated by the military police, and the investigation's findings will then be sent to the military prosecutor's office. Along with the investigation, the chief of staff appointed a team of experts to examine lessons learned [from the incident]. The team found several disparities unrelated to the mine's explosion that led to Cpl. Alfi's death. Following this information, action was taken regarding the squadron commander."