ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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IDF announces death of reserve soldier, a dual US citizen, in missile attack along Lebanon border

Smoke rises from inside an Israeli army position which was hit by missiles launched by the Hezbollah terror group, as seen from Tair Harfa village, a Lebanese border village with Israel, south Lebanon, October 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Smoke rises from inside an Israeli army position which was hit by missiles launched by the Hezbollah terror group, as seen from Tair Harfa village, a Lebanese border village with Israel, south Lebanon, October 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

An Israeli reserve soldier was killed yesterday in an anti-tank missile attack along the border with Lebanon, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The soldier is named as Staff Sgt. Omer Balva, 22. from Herzliya.

Balva was a dual Israeli-American citizen. A child of Israeli parents, he grew up in Rockville, Maryland, where he went to the Charles E. Smith Jewish day school. He went to Israel to serve in the IDF, but was in the US last week when called-up for reserve duty because of the war. He promptly flew back to Israel to report for duty.

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