Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson
IDF Sgt. Yuval Mor Yosef, of blessed memory

A spokesperson for the municipality says the city of Ashkelon is mourning the death of IDF First Sgt. Yuval Mor Yosef, of blessed memory. The 20-year-old Kfir Brigade fighter was murdered Thursday in a drive-by shooting by Palestinian Authority terrorists at the Givat Assaf junction. He was promoted posthumously from sergeant to the rank of first sergeant.

“The municipality, through its Social Services Department, will provide all the assistance required by the family in order to ease them even just a bit, during this difficult and painful time,” the spokesperson said.

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“The city of Ashkelon lost one of its best sons today,” lamented Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam. Sergeant Yuval Mor Yosef was murdered by cruel and cowardly terrorists who have no human dignity.

“Our enemy is bitter and he does not hesitate to take any measures to harm us in the worst way.”

Glam added that the left the family home after offering them “all the necessary help during this difficult hour.” He said that he met “a moral and dedicated family whose world was destroyed in a single moment; there are no words that can console parents who have to bury their children.

“Israel must calculate a new course in dealing with terror, because it is obvious that something is not working here.

“On my own behalf, and that of the entire city, I send the deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May you know no more sorrow.”

The funeral for Sgt. Yosef is to take place Friday. Details are to be provided in the coming hours.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.