Netanel Yahalomi HY"D
Corporal Netanel Yahalomi, 20, is the soldier who was killed in Friday’s terrorist attack near the Israel-Egypt border, it was cleared for publication on Friday afternoon. Another IDF soldier was moderately injured in the attack.
The attack occurred when three armed terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers who were patrolling along the Israel-Egypt border. Yahalomi, a combat fighter of the Artillery Corps from Nof Ayalon died from his wounds.
Private Netanel Yahalomi was raised to the rank of Corporal following his death. He will be laid to rest on Saturday night at the military cemetery in Modi'in.
The attack took place around noon Friday. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, during which the terrorists were killed.
One of the terrorists reportedly detonated himself in the attack.
An initial investigation showed that the terrorists entered into Israel through an area where there is no security fence and that they were heavily armed.
Large IDF forces converged on the location of the firefight, in the Har Harif area, and engaged the terrorists until they were eliminated.
"A very large terror attack was prevented," said IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. "The terrorists apparently intended to infiltrate the territory of the state of Israel. They were found with explosive belts, vests and guns." According to Voice of Israel government-sponsored radio, he said the terrorists intended to blow themselves up amidst soldiers.
Ynet also has more information about his family with pictures.