HAIFA (VINnews) — IDF soldier staff-sergeant Amit Ben-Yigal (21) was killed Tuesday morning when a stone was thrown on his head in the Samarian village of Yaabed near Mevo Dotan. Ben-Yigal was hit during operational activities designed to locate terror suspects and was taken by helicopter to Rambam hospital in Haifa, where he was declared dead. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of first sergeant major.
Initial investigations said that the terrorist waited on the roof of a three-storey house and when he saw Ben-Yigal raise his head he threw the stone on him, mortally injuring him.
Ben-Yigal’s father, Baruch, couldn’t contain himself at the loss of his only son. He told Israeli radio channel Bet that “I am brokenhearted, this is worse than a curse or a tragedy. Who would have imagined that they would place an Israeli flag on the coffin of my son.”
Ben-Yigal’s funeral will take place at the Beer Yaakov Military cemetery. His father requested that friends and relatives wear face-masks at the funeral.
Last year on Memorial Day Ben Zeev posted on his Facebook a chilling and ominous description:
“Every year for as long as I can remember, the eve of the Memorial Day for IDF soldiers hit a really deep place in my heart
“I don’t remember one ceremony which I didn’t finish with teary eyes, since something really touched me, something moved my heart, something took my heart, forcibly removed it and gave it a bang and then pushed it back in.
In the past two years I mark the ceremony in a different guise than that of a civilian. Now I am a soldier on duty in uniform with my beret and badge which represent something.
“Suddenly the words have meaning, the actions have ramifications and everything is referred back to myself.
“If Heaven forbid something will happen, if something will happen to you, what will happen?
“Immediately a torrent falls from each side of my eye and slowly slowly washes my face.