The IDF Spokesperson announced that Staff Sergeant Ido Baruch was killed on Tuesday in a shooting attack. Two assailants arrived in a vehicle adjacent to the community of Shavei Shomron and shot live fire at IDF soldiers who were conducting operational security activity in the area.
Staff Sergeant Ido Baruch was a soldier in the Givati Brigade, age 21 and from the town of Gedera.
The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family and will continue to support them.
IDF soldiers are searching the area for the assailants.
On Tuesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid responded, "Today, a holiday turned into a day of sadness and pain. It was with great sorrow and pain that I received the news of the death of an IDF soldier from the Givati Brigade Reconnaissance Unit, Staff Sergeant Ido Baruch, who fell in the line of duty in a shooting attack by a despicable terrorist."
"On behalf of myself and the Government of Israel, I send condolences to his family and fellow soldiers in the brigade. There are no words to express the great pain and sorrow. We will not stop until these murderers are caught. May his memory be a blessing."
In the Tuesday shooting attack, Baruch sustained a hit to the shoulder. Initially, his condition was declared to be "light" but it later deteriorated.
IDF soldiers are searching the area for the terrorists. As part of the search, security forces have entered several nearby villages and set up road blocks. It is suspected that the terrorist opened fire from his vehicle, and then escaped the scene.
Baruch was treated by Magen David Adom (MDA) and military medics and evacuated by MDA ambulance to Meir Medical Center for further treatment in a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.