Names of Two Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Attack Released

Captain Kalangel and Sergeant Nini were driving on the Lebanon border when their vehicle was struck by a Kornet anti-tank missile.

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Dor Chaim Nini, left, Yochai Kalangel, right.
Dor Chaim Nini, left, Yochai Kalangel, right.

The names of the two Israeli soldiers killed in the Hezbollah attack on the Lebanon border haves been released: Captain Yochai Kalangel, a company commander in the Givati Brigade, and Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini, a fighter in the company.

Captain Kalangel, 25 from the Har Gilo settlement near Jerusalem, was posthumously promoted to major. Sergeant Nini, 20 from Shtulim in south central Israel, was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant. 

Kalangel grew up in the Elazar settlement in Gush Etzion. He was the second out of six siblings. He was survived by a wife and a one-year-old girl. Last May he received the Chief of Staff's citation in a ceremony in the President's Residence in Jerusalem.

Nini was survived by his parents and two brothers. His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. in Shtulim.

Nini's brother Aviel said: "Dor only went up north yesterday. My brother was a heroic soldiers who loved helping everyone. He had a huge heart. He was a jovial boy, and was happy to be serving as a combat soldier. In Operation Protective Edge he fought inside the Gaza Strip. We were very worried for him then, and when he left, we threw him a big party."

The soldiers were driving in an unarmored vehicle on the Lebanon border, about 200 meters before the road leading to Ghajar, when they were ambushed. At least five Kornet anti-tank missiles are believed to have been fired in the incident. The first missile struck a D-Max vehicle and killed Kalangel and Nini.

After the strike, soldiers driving in other vehicles stepped out, and thus sustained lighter wounds when the second missile hit, the IDF said.

The Israeli army said it will launch an investigation into the soldiers' conduct. A senior Israeli army officer said that he doesn't think the lack of armor on the vehicle is significant considering the type of missiles used.

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