Memorial Day 2018: 71 Israeli Soldiers Added to the Ranks of the Fallen Over Past Year

Twelve Israeli civilians were also killed in terror attacks this year ■ 23,645 have died in Israel’s and pre-state wars since 1860

Israeli soldiers place their national flag on graves of killed comrades at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on April 14, 2010, five days before the start of the Israeli Memorial Day for fallen soldiers. Remembrance Day will start on April 18 in the evening and is followed immediately by the 62nd anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA
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Since Israel's last Memorial Day, 71 more Israel Defense Forces soldiers have died serving their country, says the Defense Ministry. This includes 30 disabled IDF veterans who died of their injuries during the past year and were recognized as fallen soldiers.

The number of those killed since 1860 defending Israel and the pre-state community is 23,645. These numbers include not only IDF soldiers, but also police officers, prison service wardens, and Shin Bet security service and Mossad agents.

The numbers also include members of the pre-state militias and the Jewish Brigade that served in the British army during World War II.

Another 12 civilians were killed in “hostile acts” over the past year, says the National Insurance Institute. The number of people killed in terrorist attacks since the establishment of Israel in 1948 is 3,134. This number includes 122 foreign citizens who were killed in attacks in Israel, and 100 Israelis killed in attacks overseas.

The most recent person killed by terrorists was Adiel Coleman, a 32-year-old father of four who was stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem in March on his way to the Western Wall.

In all the different terrorist attacks, 3,175 children have lost parents, including 114 who were orphaned from both parents; 822 have become widows and widowers, and 926 parents lost their children.