Illustrative photo of a mobile Magen David Adom unit
In a tragic turn of events, Colonel (Res.) Shraya (Yaya) Opher, murdered last night in his Jordan Valley home of Brosh - was killed on the same day as his brother, 40 years ago.
Major Yitzchak Opher, a pilot, was killed on October 11 1973, when his plane was shot down over the Golan Heights.
Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth quoted a senior officer who served with Shraya, (Yaya) Opher saying that his fighter pilot brother's death had been a strong influence on his own military career.
Opher enjoyed a distinguished career in the IDF, serving as a Commander in the Givati Brigades, a Commander of the Gaza Strip, and a founder of the elite Shaldag air force commando unit.
In the early hours of Friday morning, Opher was brutally murdered by two palestinian authority Arabs - who attacked him with axes and iron bars. His wife, Monique Omer, escaped with minor injuries as she fled the scene to call for help.
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The home of Seraiah Ofer, where he was killed on Friday.
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Shraya ‘Yaya’ Opher (ook: Seraiah Ofer)