The reserve officer critically wounded by rocket fire on Wednesday in the Eshkol Regional Council died of his wounds on Thursday.
Boris Yarmolnik, 28, was taken to the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba in critical condition, where he underwent surgery during the night and was put in intensive care. He succumbed to his injuries later without regaining consciousness.
Yarmolnik, from Netanya, 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.