Funeral of Israeli soldier killed by Hamas in Gaza attacks – fr

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Funeral of Israeli soldier killed by Hamas in Gaza attacks – fr


Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral Thursday for a 21-year-old Israeli soldier who was only a month away from completing military service when he was killed by a missile fired from the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib, a member of the 931st Battalion of the Nahal Infantry Brigade, died Wednesday when the anti-tank missile struck his jeep, injuring two other soldiers.

“He was full of love and calm,” Tabib’s mother Tali told Moshav Elyakim cemetery, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“He loved and was loved by people. He was full of happiness and he respected everyone around him, always ready to lend a hand when needed, ”she said.

The grieving mother also spoke directly to the deceased soldier, whose coffin was carried by comrades wearing the brigade’s iconic light green berets.

Israeli mourners carry the coffin of Israeli soldier Omer Tabib.
Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib died when an anti-tank missile struck his jeep.
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“My son, you were caring and sensitive, always knowing what the right thing to say was,” Tali said.

Le s ... Omer Tabib.
Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib “was full of love and calm,” praised his grieving mother.
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“I refuse to believe that instead of a blessing for your [finishing the army], I am looking for words to sum up the period of your life. … In my darkest dreams, I never thought I would reach this point. Omer, my beautiful child, give us the strength to know how to continue, ”she said, according to Haaretz.

Israeli soldiers mourn during Omer Tabib's funeral.
Israeli soldiers mourn during Omer Tabib’s funeral.
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She added, “I love you so much, forever, my son. “

Family members mourn during Omer Tabib's funeral.
Sgt. Omer Tabib is survived by his parents and a younger brother.
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Family friend Gamliel Ratzon said: “These people from Gaza, as well as from inside our country, want to destroy us. They were successful this time around, but it won’t be for long.

Israeli soldiers shoot during the funeral of Israeli soldier Omer Tabib.
Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib was only a month away from completing his military service.
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In addition to his parents, Tali and Amir, Tabib is survived by a brother in ninth grade, Haaretz reported.

Israeli mourners attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Omer Tabib.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences to the family on Wednesday.

“On behalf of all citizens of Israel, I would like to express my deep sadness and send my condolences to the family and friends of Tabib,” he said in a statement.

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