Rockets kill soldier, Bedouin civilian in Eshkol region
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Rockets kill soldier, Bedouin civilian in Eshkol region

Army posthumously promotes Yosef Fartuk to corporal

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Yosef Partok, who was killed in a rocket attack on the Eshkol region on Tuesday (photo credit: Channel 10 screen capture)
Yosef Partok, who was killed in a rocket attack on the Eshkol region on Tuesday (photo credit: Channel 10 screen capture)

Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at a kibbutz in the Eshkol region on Tuesday killed 18-year-old IDF soldier Yosef Fartuk and Alian Salem Alanbari, a married man with children from the Bedouin village of Rejwan in the Negev. Fartuk was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Five other soldiers stationed on the kibbutz on the Israel-Gaza border were injured in the attack.

Fartuk was the fourth Israeli and Alanbari the fifth to be killed in rocket attacks since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense last Wednesday. Three residents of the southern town of Kiryat Malachi died in a rocket strike on their home on Thursday.

The fallen soldier grew up in a Haredi family in the West Bank settlement of Emmanuel, the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Shabbat reported.

Fartuk was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal by the Israel Defense Forces.

Alanbari was a building contractor who worked for the Defense Ministry.

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