Major Benaya Sarel HY”D, 26, of Kiryat Arba, the commander of Pulsar Givati, was killed in a suicide terrorist bomb in southern Gaza on erev Shabbos. Also killed in that operation were First.-Sgt. Liel Gidoni HY”D of Yerushalayim and 2nd-Lt. Hadar Goldin HY”D of Kfar Sava.
The Sarel family is among the pioneer families of Kiryat Arba. Benaya as a youth studied in the Makor Chaim Yeshiva. His mother Mrs. Michal Benaya is a teacher in a Kiryat Arba girl’s high school. His father, Shalom, is a construction engineer.
Mrs. Sarel spoke with her son about an hour before the fatal incident.
Major Benaya was scheduled to get married in three weeks. He is survived by his parents, seven siblings and his fiancée.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)