Boris Yarmolnik
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IDF officer killed in rocket attack laid to rest
Hundreds show last respect to officer killed during last day of Pillar of Defense op; 'when he was called up he didn't think twice,' relatives say

Lieutenant (res.) Boris Yarmolnik, 28, was laid to rest in his hometown of Netanya on Friday.


The reserve officer was critically injured Wednesday by a rocket fired towards the Eshkol Regional Council from the Gaza Strip. He succumbed to his wounds the next day. Yarmilnik was the sixth Israeli to be killed during Operation Pillar of Defense.


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Yarmolnik's brother, Yevgani, addressed his brother in a eulogy. 


"Boris, I still can't believe you're gone. It has only been 48 hours and I feel like I'm living someone else's story. We're all so angry and sad… you're constantly in our hearts, and we cry on the inside like the pouring sky."


Yarmolnik's battalion commander described what kind of an officer he was: "You always had your troops as your top priority, and was always so professional. You arrived with your troops immediately after receiving the order. You were a quiet and peaceful man, and anyone who thinks of you remembers your smile."


The battalion commander later told Yarmolnik's family "you should be very proud of your son."


Prof. David Andelman, head of the Physics and Astronomic faculty at the Tel Aviv university, also spoke about his late student: "Boris was an excellent student, he was always peaceful and friendly. He put a lot of effort into his studies, and I know it meant a lot to him. When he was called up for duty, he didn't think twice."




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