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July 24, 2014 10:12 pm

Grenade Saves Israeli Soldier’s Life

avatar by Dave Bender

Bullet in grenade (Photo: IDF)

Bullet in grenade. Photo: IDF.

You could say this was a double miracle for one Israeli army ground stomper.

A bullet fired by a Palestinian gunman at an IDF soldier in the Gaza Strip slammed into a grenade the infantryman had attached to his webbing – but didn’t explode, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.

Army officials said Thursday that the Kalashnikov rifle round was likely fired at the outside edge of the semi-automatic’s range, accounting for its low impact speed – which probably saved the trooper’s life.

Additionally – and to the soldier’s good fortune – the grenade itself is designed not to detonate from being hit.

Israel Military Industries developed the munition after several tragic incidents where impacting bullets or shrapnel detonated the explosive device, killing or severely wounding the soldier.

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