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Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Gilad Boneh, the four-year-old boy who died yesterday in Netivot after being forgotten by some of his siblings and trapped in a locked car.

An MDA team evacuated the child, in critical condition, to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, where he was pronounced dead. Hundreds accompanied him on his final journey to the Netivot cemetery.

Eighteen years ago, the boy's aunt, Miriam Amitai, 35, a resident Kfar Darom in Gaza and mother of four, was murdered in a terror attack near the Kissufim junction.

It is suspected that two hours passed from the moment the boy was left alone in the car until his family found him and transferred him to his parents' home.

MDA medic Uriel Dahan, who arrived at the scene, said, "Inside the house we saw a child about 4 years old, unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing, who felt hot and suffered from signs of heat stroke. We were told that he had been in a closed vehicle, apparently for a long time. We gave him medical treatment and carried out advanced and prolonged resuscitation techniques.”

Dr. Or Kaplan, a senior physician at the Pediatric Emergency Center at Soroka Medical Center, said in the wake of the disaster that "during this time of year, the temperature in a car is very high. This can cause heat stroke and dehydration within a short period of time. Children are more vulnerable than adults and may be caused permanent damage within a short period of time. The most important thing is prevention and supervision, so that that there will not be an instance of a child being forgotten in a car. "