Eldad Regev

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Eldad Regev
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Eldad Regev
Born (1980-08-16)16 August 1980
Died 12 July 2006(2006-07-12) (aged 25)

Eldad Regev (Hebrew: אלדד רגב‎, 16 August 1980 - 12 July 2006) was an Israeli soldier, born in Qiryat Motzkin, captured by Hezbollah members along with Ehud Goldwasser on 12 July 2006, in Israel near the Lebanese border, sparking the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. His rank was Sergeant First Class.[1]

On 15 July 2008, coffins containing the remains of Goldwasser and Regev were returned to Israel as part of a prisoner exchange. An examination of the bodies determined that the two reservists were killed during the ambush.[2]

Biography[edit]

Eldad was born and raised in Kiryat Motzkin. He attended secondary school at the Yeshiva High School in Kiryat Shmuel, excelling in biology. His mother Tova died when he was in the 12th grade. Eldad volunteered for the elite infantry Givati Brigade. After his army service in the Israel Defense Forces, he traveled to the Far East. He later enrolled in Bar-Ilan University's pre-law preparatory course. Eldad enjoyed soccer, music and books.[3]

Raid[edit]

The fighting began at around 9 AM when Hezbollah launched a barrage of Katyusha rockets and mortars on Israeli towns and military positions along the Lebanese border, apparently as a diversion.[4] A force then attacked two armored IDF Humvees patrolling near the Israeli village of Zar'it with anti-tank rockets, killing three soldiers and capturing the two others, and then retreating into Lebanon near the town of Ayta al-Sha`b.

An Israeli Merkava Mk. II tank was destroyed by a 200–300 kg improvised explosive device while attempting to pursue the soldiers into Lebanon, killing all four crewmembers.[5] An eighth soldier was killed while attempting to retrieve their bodies.[citation needed]

Prisoner swap[edit]

On 16 July 2008, Hezbollah transferred the coffins of abducted Israeli soldiers,[6] Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, in exchange for Samir Kuntar and four other Hezbollah members captured by Israel during the 2006 Lebanon War, as well as the remains of 199 Lebanese and Palestinians.[7]

The exchange took place on the Lebanese side of the border at Rosh Hanikra. Their Hezbollah captors had withheld any information about the conditions of the two soldiers since they were abducted on 12 July 2006.

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