Another loss for the Israeli Defense Forces came on Tuesday morning near the community of Shavei Shomron in Samaria where an IDF soldier named Ido Baruch was shot and killed.
Staff Sgt. Ido Baruch, a 21-year-old member of the Givati infantry’s brigade reconnaissance unit, was seriously injured in the shooting and taken to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba where he was declared dead. Baruch was securing a march by local residents from Shavei Shomron to Sebastia, the site of the ancient city of Shomron.
The terrorist apparently opened fire from a passing vehicle and fled the scene at a high speed. Security camera footage showed the car fleeing the area, passing by a military vehicle, toward the Palestinian town of Deir Sharaf.
An armed Palestinian faction calling itself the Lion’s Den claimed responsibility for the shooting in a statement.
An IDF spokesperson announced that Baruch’s funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the military section of Gadera’s cemetery.
Baruch is the second Israeli soldier to die in terror attacks this week after 18-year-old Noa Lazar was killed in a terror attack on the Shuafat checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The attacker, who escaped from the scene, is yet to be located.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid called the Palestinian involved in the attack a “despicable terrorist” and sent his condolences to Baruch’s family and friends. “Words can’t express the sorrow and great pain. We will not stop until we put our hands on the murderers,” Lapid said.