Soldier Wounded by Mortar Is Conscious Again

First Sgt. Mordechai Yamin of Itamar was seriously wounded Thursday near Gaza. He is fully conscious and no longer in ICU.

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Gil Ronen,

Evacuating the wounded (file)
Evacuating the wounded (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The condition of First Sergeant Mordechai Yamin, of the community of Itamar in Samaria, has improved. He is fully conscious, and has been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit at Be'er Sheva's Soroka Hospital and into the Surgical Ward.

Yamin, 22, who serves in the Combat Engineering Corps, was seriously wounded Thursday near Gaza. He was on pre-discharge leave, and about to complete his mandatory service, when he went to his unit's base in the Eshkol region, in order to sign off on his military equipment.

He was re-enlisted, however, because of the escalation in Gaza. A salvo of mortar shells was fired at the Eshkol region Thursday and he was hit in the head by shell fragments.

The medical team tried to wake him up on Friday evening but he failed to indentify his parents, who were praying at his bedside. Miraculously, however, he recovered a few hours later.

The parents of murdered yeshiva boy Gilad Sha'ar called Yamin's parents to strengthen them and wish him a full recovery.

Seven people wounded in the course of IDF Operation Protective Edge are still hospitalized at Soroka. Over 130 people have been treated there since the operation began on the night of July 7.

Residents of the Samaria town of Itamar prayed for Yamin's recovery and Former Chief IDF Rabbi Avichai Ronski on Friday morning went to visit him. He asked Arutz Sheva to request that the public pray for the full recovery of the soldier, whose full Hebrew name is Mordechai Chai Ben Bracha Yehudit.