An IDF reserve soldier who was seriously wounded by rocket fire from Gaza on Wednesday has succumbed to his wounds on Thursday.
Lt. Boris Yarmulnik, 28, a resident of the Israeli city of Netanya, was wounded along with five other soldiers in Wednesday's incident, and was suffering from a serious head wound when he was taken to Soroka Medical Center, Be’er Sheva. The remaining soldiers, who are still in hospital, are all lightly wounded.
Yarmulnik will be buried at 11:00 A.M. Friday in the military cemetery in Netanya.
Yarmulink is the second soldier who has been killed as part of the eight days of Israeli's Gaza offensive, Operation Pillar of Defense, which ended on Wednesday with a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
On Tuesday, Pvt. Yosef Nachman Partok, 18, of Immanuel was killed by a mortar shell while helping guard a community in the Eshkol region. Partok, who served in the armored corps, recently finished basic training and was waiting with his unit for an order on a possible ground offensive. In recent days he wrote on Facebook he believed the operation was just; he also criticized the delay in coming to a decision.
In a separate incident in Eshkol earlier on Tuesday, Eliyan Salem el-Nabari, a Defense Ministry worker of Bedouin descent who lived in the unrecognized village of Elarakib, was also killed in a mortar attack.
A total of six Israelis - two soldiers and four civilians - were killed throughout Israel's Gaza offensive. In Gaza, at least 160 Palestinians were killed, both civilians and militants.
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