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IDF soldier dies from injuries sustained in a Hezbollah drone strike

IDF reservist succumbs to injuries sustained in last week’s Hezbollah attack on an Arab-Israeli border town.

By World Israel News Staff

An Israeli reserve soldier who was seriously injured in an attack by the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah on northern Israel last week succumbed to his wounds and died on Sunday, an IDF spokesman said.

Last Wednesday, IDF Major (res.) Dor Zimel, a 27-year-old from the central Israeli town of Even Yehuda who had served as a deputy company commander in the Etzioni Brigade, was among 18 people injured when Hezbollah terrorists operated. missiles launched from southern Lebanon and drones attacked the Arab-Israeli community of Arab al-Aramshe.

The victims included 14 IDF soldiers, many of them reservists, and 4 civilians.

Former Kach party activist Noam Federman’s son, David Federman, was among the IDF soldiers injured in the attack.

Attack drones hit a community center and a passing car, while two anti-tank missiles also hit the village.

Most of the village’s residents had already been evacuated, in accordance with Home Front Command guidelines for border communities, while the community center was used as a makeshift barracks for IDF soldiers stationed at the border.

The attack left Zimel with serious injuries, including severe brain damage.

Zimel was called up to army reserve on October 7 and had served on the Israel-Lebanon border since then.

At the time of his death, Zimel was engaged to his fiancée, Shir Sagiv, and their wedding was scheduled for June.

Zimel had received an engagement ring to give to Shir from the family of Adir Mesika, one of the victims killed during the Oct. 7 Nova music festival massacre. Mesika was also engaged at the time of his murder.

“He impressed people in an unusual way,” Zimel’s friend Matan Katzman said Galey Tzahal Sunday, “simply because of his engaging personality.”

“He wanted to fight in Gaza even though he was in the north. He loved the country, the army, his soldiers and his wonderful fiancée.”