Reservist soldier killed in yesterday’s Hezbollah drone attack on northern town, army announces

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Staff Sgt. (res.) Refael Kauders killed in a Hezbollah drone attack on northern Israel on June 5, 2024. (Courtesy)
Staff Sgt. (res.) Refael Kauders killed in a Hezbollah drone attack on northern Israel on June 5, 2024. (Courtesy)

A reservist soldier was killed in yesterday’s Hezbollah drone attack on northern Israel, the military announces.

He is named as Staff Sgt. (res.) Refael Kauders, 39, of the Alon Brigade’s 5030th Battalion, from Tzur Hadassah.

Another soldier was seriously wounded and eight more troops were lightly injured in the explosive-laden drone attack near Hurfeish.

Two explosive-laden drones had impacted within a few minutes of each other in Hurfeish, located several kilometers from the Lebanon border, with the second seemingly targeting rescue crews who arrived to treat those wounded by the first.

Since October 8, Hezbollah-led forces have attacked Israeli communities and military posts along the border on a near-daily basis, with the group saying it is doing so to support Gaza amid Israel’s war against Hamas there.

So far, the skirmishes on the border have resulted in 10 civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of 15 IDF soldiers and reservists. There have also been several attacks from Syria, without any injuries.

Hezbollah has named 330 members who have been killed by Israel during the ongoing skirmishes, mostly in Lebanon but some also in Syria. In Lebanon, another 62 operatives from other terror groups, a Lebanese soldier, and dozens of civilians have been killed.

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