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‘He always smiled, helped’: Hundreds at funeral for soldier killed in friendly fire

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Hundreds of people gathered in Netanya on Tuesday for the funeral of an Israeli soldier who was killed in a friendly fire incident in the West Bank the previous night.

Nathan Fitoussi, 20, was shot dead by a comrade in the Kfir Brigade late Monday after he was apparently misidentified upon returning to a guardpost from a prayer break. The incident occurred along the West Bank security barrier near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem.

Fitoussi was a new immigrant from France, and he was eulogized by his parents in French.

In her speech, Fitoussi’s sister Salome said her brother had been a very generous person who only gave to others, and that he was taken by the almighty because he was so good.

“It was Nathan that brought the family here to Israel. He is a hero. I learned a lot from him. He always had a smile on his face, always gave help to everyone,” Salome told mourners.

“We have to say thank you to God for taking him, he was a pure soul,” she said, then urging mourners to cry out “Thank God.”

Lt. Col. Ran Cohen, commander of Kfir’s Nahshon Battalion, called Fitoussi a “good and beloved friend” and praised the soldier as “the first to volunteer for any task.”

Addressing the Fitoussi family, Cohen said: “We will continue to walk with you forever. I promise that we will do everything in our ability to stand beside and strengthen........

© The Times of Israel

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