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  8/19/2014, Av 23, 5774

Bereaved Family Fights Defense Ministry on Epitaph


The family of fallen soldier Sgt. Li Mat, hy"d, has taken on the Defense Ministry, Yediot Aharonot reports Tuesday, asking for the names of Mat's siblings to be included on his headstone instead of just his parents.

Sgt. First Class Mat, 19, was killed with two fellow Paratroopers when he entered a booby-trapped house in Khan Younis on July 23, during the course of the IDF's ground offensive in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

He is survived by his parents, Moti and Smadar, and three brothers: 26 year-old Tal, 24 year-old Gal; and 22 year-old Si.