Disabled IDF veteran who self-immolated dies of his wounds

August 1, 2012 02:09

Akiva Mapiai, the disabled IDF veteran who set himself on fire in Yehud in July, died of his wounds at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Tuesday night.

Mapiai became disabled in a training accident at age 23, at the IDF Ground Forces Command’s Tze’elim training base in the western Negev.In recent weeks, he told his siblings he had despaired of fighting for rehabilitation rights and other benefits as a disabled veteran from the Defense Ministry and social welfare services.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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