2 soldiers killed were both sons of prominent doctors at major hospitals

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

IDF soldiers Sgt. First Class (res.) Alon Kleinman, 21, of Tel Aviv (L) and Sgt. First Class Adi Eldor, 21, of Haifa, whose deaths in action in Gaza were announced on February 12, 2024. (Courtesy)
IDF soldiers Sgt. First Class (res.) Alon Kleinman, 21, of Tel Aviv (L) and Sgt. First Class Adi Eldor, 21, of Haifa, whose deaths in action in Gaza were announced on February 12, 2024. (Courtesy)

The deaths of two soldiers announced this morning hit hard the communities of Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center and Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

Sgt. First Class Adi Eldor, 21, of the Commando Brigade’s Maglan unit, from Haifa, is the son of Dr. Liron Eldor, a senior plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Rambam. He is also the grandson of gynecologist Prof. Yosef Itzkowitz-Eldor of Rambam and the Technion, who was a pioneer in the fields of fertility medicine and stem cell research in Israel.

“The horrible news of Adi’s falling is heartbreaking,” says Rambam’s director-general Prof. Michael Halbertal.

Wolfson Medical Center releases a message saying it mourns the loss of Sgt. First Class (res.) Alon Kleinman, 21, of the Commando Brigade’s Maglan unit, from Tel Aviv. Kleinman is the son of Prof. Guy Kleinman, head of Wolfson’s ophthalmology department.

“Alon, may his memory be a blessing, was killed while valiantly fighting in heavy battles in Khan Younis to defend the State of Israel and its inhabitants,” the message states.

“The entire Wolfson community mourns together with Prof. Kleinman and extends condolences to the whole family,” it continues.

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