IDF reserve officer succumbs to wounds sustained in Hezbollah drone attack in northern town last week

Maj. (res.) Dor Zimel, who was critically wounded in a Hezbollah drone attack on April 17, 2024, and succumbed to his wounds on April 21, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Maj. (res.) Dor Zimel, who was critically wounded in a Hezbollah drone attack on April 17, 2024, and succumbed to his wounds on April 21, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

A reservist officer critically wounded in the Hezbollah drone and missile attack on the northern border community of Arab al-Aramshe last week has succumbed to his wounds, the military says.

He is named as Maj. (res.) Dor Zimel, 27, a deputy company commander in the Etzioni Brigade, from Even Yehuda.

Another 13 soldiers and four civilians were wounded in the attack on April 17, during which Hezbollah launched two anti-tank missiles and an explosive-laden drone from Lebanon, targeting a community center in Arab al-Aramshe where soldiers were gathered.

Zimel had been evacuated to Galilee Medical Center in critical condition and suffering from a severe head wound that caused brain damage.

The hospital’s team fought for his life in the intensive care unit until a medical committee had no alternative but to declare him brain-dead.

Two soldiers injured in the same event are still hospitalized at Galilee Medical Center. One is 51 and in the neurosurgery ward in moderate to serious condition after undergoing neurosurgery. A 29-year-old is hospitalized in moderate condition in the surgical department.

The rest of the injured from that event have been either discharged or transferred to other hospitals.

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