Cpl. Naama Boni, a 19-year-old soldier serving in the 77th Battalion of the Armored Corps, tragically lost her life during the unexpected eruption of war from Gaza on a recent Saturday morning. At the early hour of 7:30 a.m., she managed to update her friends about her dire situation, as reported by the Israeli news outlet YNet.
“I deeply care for all of you. I have a head injury, and a terrorist nearby might start shooting at me. I am currently with an injured soldier from the Golani Brigade, and there are no reinforcements available,” she conveyed the terror she felt.
Another text from her painted a grim picture of her surroundings.
“There is terrorist here who won’t go away. I can hear someone screaming, and there appears to be a human casualty,” she detailed.
A video she managed to record showcased her emotional state, her voice shaking and tears evident.
Shimrit Ilook, Naama’s aunt, provided further insight into the young soldier’s final moments.
“She was born and raised in Afula, graduated high school and enlisted seven months ago. Last night she was stationed at the entrance to Zikim base, adjacent to the Gaza border. Around 7:30 a.m. she was still sending us messages about the terrorists shooting at her, after which she no longer responded.”
“We looked everywhere for her, and after endless calls they eventually told us she’s hospitalized at Barzilai Medical Center but wouldn’t say what her condition is. She was very family-oriented. We celebrated her birthday a week ago. We desperately wanted to believe she was still alive, but when the notifications officer showed up at her parents, we knew she just became a statistic,” the soldier’s aunt lamented.
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