RON YITZHAK KUKIA.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
The young man stabbed to death Thursday night at a bus stop in the southern city of Arad was an IDF soldier, the army revealed late Thursday.
Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kukia, 19, of Tel Aviv, will be buried today at the city’s Kiryat Shaul Military Cemetery.
According to police, the stabbing was likely a terrorist attack.
Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kukia's funeral, December 3, 2017. (Avshalom Shoshani)
Paramedics received a call at around 9:30 p.m. about a young man who had been stabbed and severely wounded at a bus stop near Arad’s shopping mall.
“When we arrived, we saw a young man of about 20 lying unconscious with no pulse and not breathing, with stab wounds on his upper body,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Ziv Shapira. “We administered life-saving medical treatment and carried out advanced CPR operations.”
Scene in Arad after a suspected terror attack (Credit: Israel Police)
Kukia was pronounced dead en route to the hospital.
Kukia was a private in the Nahal Brigade, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.