The Israel Defense Forces have arrested the killer of Israeli soldier Amit Ben-Yigal, who died last month in a stone-throwing incident in the West Bank.
“We can confirm that after a large-scale operation with Israel’s security services, our soldiers have arrested the assailant who killed 21-year-old Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Ygal during operational activity last month,” the IDF’s official Twitter page stated on Sunday.
“We will continue in the fight against terror,” it added.
Ben-Yigal was on an anti-terror operation in the West Bank town of Yabed with his unit of the elite Golani Brigade when he was struck by a large stone thrown from a rooftop.
Although he was wearing a helmet, he reportedly heard a sound and looked up, exposing his unprotected face to the impact.
He died of his wounds shortly after.
At a meeting held several days later at the family home with Ben-Yigal’s father Baruch and mother Nava, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, “I know that this is something that no-one wishes is said about their son, that he has become a symbol, but you should know that you have all taken a place in our hearts, and Amit will remain a symbol for us. A symbol of someone who gave his all for our country.”
The Algemeiner (c) 2019 . Benjamin Kerstein