An Israeli soldier from the elite unit Duvdevan died on Saturday from critical injuries suffered during a military attack on a refugee camp in the West Bank near Ramallah, said the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson.
Ronen Lubarsky, 20, of the central Israeli town of Rehovot, was seriously injured in a heavy rock A plate was taken during the arrests at the refugee camp al-Am'ari from the third floor of a Thrown building. The army unit could not track the attacker, as they could not tell who had thrown the plate.
Lubarsky was evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, where he was sedated and connected to a ventilator. Although he was fully protective at the time of the incident, the impact of the disc splintered his helmet and caused a heavy blow to his head.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed mourning over the news of Lubarsky's death. "I send a heartfelt condolences to his family," Netanyahu said Saturday night. "The security forces will capture the terrorists and the state of Israel will take him to court."
The military said the raid was targeted at members of a cell involved in recent shootings against Israelis. Three Palestinian suspects were taken to the security service Shin Bet for questioning.
The first Israeli forces to reach the place of the raid were covered and surrounded the building where the wanted men were. A larger force of the Duvdevan unit, equipped with full protective gear, arrived afterwards including Lubarsky.
Lubarsky's death brings the number of fallen Duvdevan soldiers to 18 since the unit was founded in 1986. Most of the fallen soldiers were killed in training accidents or as a result of friendly fires during an operation – none of them was killed by the enemy fire.
"We will learn and learn lessons from this event," IDF spokesman Ronen Manlis said after the incident. "During Ramadan, the number of attacks increased and tried to carry them out, which falls within the scope of the operation in the refugee camp," he concluded.