A reserve officer who died from injuries caused by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip was buried Friday in a funeral attended by friends and family in Netanya.
After sustaining injuries while stationed in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel, Boris Yarmolnik, 28, was taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba in critical condition, where he underwent surgery Wednesday night. He succumbed to his injuries later without regaining consciousness.
Yarmolnik, who immigrated from the Ukraine at age 9, was the second soldier to be killed from rocket fire into the Eshkol region, after the death of 18-year-old Yosef Fartuk on Tuesday. Yarmolnik’s death brings the Israeli death toll in Operation Pillar of Defense to six.
Dr. John Peiser, deputy director of the Soroka Hospital, told Channel 2 News a piece of shrapnel penetrated the officer’s brain, leaving him no chance of survival.
Three other soldiers and two civilians were slightly injured in the same attack.