IDF soldiers carry the coffins of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser

 Identification of two abducted soldiers completed


Photo: IDF Spokesperson

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

Roughly an hour ago, the bodies of First Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser and Sergeant First Class Eldad Regev were positively identified by representatives of the IDF Military Rabbinate, the Medical Corps and other forensic experts at the Rosh Hanikra crossing.

On conclusion of the identification process, the GOC Central Command and the Head of the IDF Human Resources Branch delivered the news to the bereaved families at their homes in Nahariya and Kiryat Motzkin.

Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev have been posthumously promoted to First Sergeant and Sergeant First Class, respectively. First Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser, 33 years old from Nahariya, was buried on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Nahariya Military Cemetery. Sergeant 1st Class Eldad Regev, 28 years old from Kiryat Mozkin, was buried on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Haifa Military Cemetery.

These are difficult times for the Israeli people and the families. The IDF mourns with and accompanies the families in their hour of need.

With the completion of the identification of the fallen soldiers and having informed their families, the IDF has begun transferring the Lebanese prisoners and terrorists’ bodies to Lebanon as decided by the Israeli Government on 15 July 2008.

This painful process exemplifies Israel’s moral commitment to secure the return of all of their soldiers sent out on operational missions. It demonstrates a compelling moral strength which stems from Judaism, the values of Israeli society and the spirit of the IDF.

 Identification of two abducted soldiers completed

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi salutes the coffins as family members mourn
(Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

Coffin containing body parts of IDF soldiers relayed to Israel

Within the framework of the prisoner exchange, the Hizbullah relayed a coffin containing body parts of IDF soldiers who were killed in the Second Lebanon War.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has announced that after preliminary inspections by the IDF and the Israeli Police, the coffin has been transferred to the Abu Kabir Pathological Institute for an in-depth examination. A team from the IDF’s Human Resources Branch will inform the bereaved families of all those involved and let them know of any further developments, as they have done in similar cases during recent months.