Shin Bet Agent Killed by Friendly Fire

YERUSHALAYIM -
IDF soldiers seen by the Gaza border, near Kibbutz Nir-Am, on Jan. 13. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
IDF soldiers seen by the Gaza border, near Kibbutz Nir-Am, on Jan. 13. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The shooting death of Shin Bet agent Amir Maymoni on Tuesday during operational activity near the Gaza border, first thought to be the result of terrorist fire, was in fact caused by friendly fire. Authorities released the information for publication on Wednesday.

Maymoni, 29, was buried on Tuesday night at Moshav Noga.

Shin Bet Chief Yoram Cohen spoke at the burial, where he praised Maymoni for his distinguished work with the security services, and said that the operation in which he participated on Tuesday was “a complex and necessary one.”

It was, he said, but one example of the dangerous work of the Shin Bet, often carried out under the most difficult circumstances, covertly and in or near hostile territory.

Cohen said that it appeared that during the operation a fellow Shin Bet man misidentified Maymoni as an enemy and shot him. All attempts to save his life were unsuccessful.

The accident was still under investigation, and a full report will be submitted to all echelons in order to prevent a repeat in the future.