IDF Soldier Badly Hurt in Early-Morning Road Accident

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Israeli soldiers stand guard at a bus station at the entrance to Ofra, Sunday. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

An IDF soldier was severely wounded in a road accident early Thursday, the army released for publication. The incident occurred on Road 232, outside Kibbutz Mifalsim, near the Gaza border. Officials said the incident occurred when the soldier left the kibbutz and crossed the road to get to the bus stop across the street when he was hit by a car. Also badly hurt in the incident was a 70-year-old man who was driving the vehicle.

Still recuperating are the IDF soldiers injured in two terror attacks last week. Netanel Felber was badly injured in the terror attack at Givat Assaf last Thursday, which claimed the lives of IDF soldiers Yuval Mor-Yosef, Hy”d, and Yosef Cohen, Hy”d. Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited Felber Wednesday, and writing in a social media message, he said that the soldier’s condition was “still very serious. The doctors are doing everything they can, but in injuries of the type Netanel has, their abilities are limited. All of Am Yisrael needs to daven for Netanel Ilan ben Sheina Tzippora. May Hashem restore him to health.”

Bennett also visited Neveh Rotem, the soldier who was badly hurt when an Arab snuck up on him from behind as he was standing guard at an outpost inside Beit El last Friday. The terrorist was able to get into the town through a gap in the security fence that the High Court required be maintained, in order to allow an Arab property owner to get to a building he claims to own.

During the visit, Bennett wrote, the soldier told him that “he thought to himself that he couldn’t let this happen – he couldn’t let himself be killed in a terror attack and leave his wife alone. He got into a fistfight with the terrorist, trying to disarm him. The last thing he remembered was the terrorist standing over him with a rock.” The soldier added that he was rescued by a resident who was driving by. “She saw that Netanel was being attacked and started honking her horn and screaming for help,” chasing the terrorist away, Bennett added.