IDF soldier Netanel Yahalomi is laid to rest in Modi'in 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Defense Ministry released its annual figures of fallen soldiers on
Friday morning ahead of Remembrance Day, stating that 92 soldiers had
fallen this year and a total of 23,085 have fallen in Israel's wars
Of those killed in the past year, 37 were IDF
soldiers, 12 belonged to other security forces such as the police and 43
were IDF veterans who died as a result of disabilities they suffered
The Defense Ministry added that on Remembrance
Day on Monday, more than 1.5 million people were expected to pay their
respects at military cemeteries.
According to the Ministry, there
are currently over 17,000 families who have lost a family member
serving in the IDF. Included in that number are nearly 5,000 widows and
more than 2,000 orphans.
Recently, some of these bereaved families called on the state of Israel to bring forward the date of Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars
and Terror Victims, saying the transition to Independence Day, which takes place the day after, is too jarring.