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(photo credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters)
Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday expressed his condolences over
the death of Daniel Raphael Viflic, the 16-year-old who was critically
wounded in an anti-tank missile attack on a school bus in the Negev by
Hamas terrorists 11 days ago.
"Daniel was just 16. The tragedy of
his death is brought home all the more in that it occurs on the eve of
Passover, normally a time of celebration for Jewish families all over
the world," Hague said.
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Viflic passed away after a steady decline in his condition. He was laid to rest at the Beit Shemesh Cemetery late Sunday night.
"I would like to extend my deepest
sympathies to Daniel's family," Hague continued. "And I reiterate my
utter abhorrence of the cowardly attack which cost him his life, and my
call for an end to all such attacks on innocent civilians."
The missile hit the bus moments after most of the children got off, while it was traveling near Kibbutz Sa’ad, about 2.5 km. from Gaza. Just two people were on the bus when it was hit – the driver, who was lightly injured, and the boy, who was en route to visit his grandparents.
Viflic, who was traveling from his home in Beit Shemesh, suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, where he was treated in the pediatric intensive care unit.
On April 12, the severity of his condition was downgraded to extremely critical and doctors expressed concern that he had suffered irreparable brain damage.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Viflic’s parents to express his condolences.
The “entire nation is grieving with you. Israel will not rest until it
brings to justice the murderers who attacked Daniel,” Netanyahu told the
parents.Herb Keinon contributed to this report.