It is permitted to report that IDF reserve duty soldier First Sgt. Yair Ashkenazi was killed during the predawn hours of erev Shabbos in northern Gaza.
The 36-year-old reservist, from Rehovot was the Base 1 Reserve Battalion.
The levaya will take place at 16:00 in the Rehovot military cemetery.
Sgt. Ashkenazi is survived by his wife and three children. Initial reports indicate he was killed by mistaken IDF fire. He is the 33rd IDF fatality in Operation Protective Edge and the fifth killed by mistaken fire.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)