IDF chief gives award to soldier who lost leg in West Bank ramming
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IDF chief gives award to soldier who lost leg in West Bank ramming

Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim missed ceremony because of his injuries so honor is presented to him in the hospital

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, right, and Col. David Songo present an award to Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim, center, who lost a leg after being hit by a car in a ramming attack in the West Bank, in Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center on May 27, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, right, and Col. David Songo present an award to Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim, center, who lost a leg after being hit by a car in a ramming attack in the West Bank, in Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center on May 27, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi presented a soldier who lost his leg in a car ramming attack earlier this month with an award of excellence on Wednesday, the military said.

Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim, from the Druze town of Sajur in northern Israel, sustained serious injuries when a Palestinian man rammed his car into him outside the Negohot settlement in the southern West Bank’s Hebron Hills on May 14. Doctors at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center were later forced to amputate his leg that was wounded in the attack.

Ibrahim, 20, a combat soldier in the 9th Battalion of the 401st Armored Brigade, was chosen as the recipient of the brigade’s award of excellence prior to the ramming attack. The military said he was picked to receive the award “for his praiseworthy actions.”

“Because of his injuries and surgeries, he could not come to the brigade’s award ceremony last week,” the army said.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, right, bumps elbows with Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim, a soldier who lost a leg after being hit by a car in a ramming attack in the West Bank, in Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center on May 27, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

As a result, Kohavi and the brigade’s commander, Col. David Songo, presented the award to Ibrahim in the hospital.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ibrahim was also visited in the hospital by the mayor of the Eshkol region, Gadi Yarkoni, who lost both of his legs when he was hit by a mortar shell that was fired from the Gaza Strip during the 2014 war.

Eshkol Mayor Gadi Yarkoni meets Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim, who lost a leg after being hit by a car in a ramming attack in the West Bank, in Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center on May 27, 2020. (Soroka)

“It was hard not to note the great emotion that Shadi experienced from Gadi’s visit. Gadi was no less emotional. He said he identified with what Shadi is going through and encouraged him on his journey,” a Soroka hospital spokesperson said.

According to the IDF, the driver who hit Ibrahim accelerated as he drove his car toward a group of soldiers who were standing next to a military post outside Negohot.

The driver struck Ibrahim before another serviceman opened fire at the car and killed him, an army spokesperson said at the time.

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