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Family of soldier killed in Gaza tries to retrieve stolen hard drive with memories

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A hard drive containing the files of an Israeli soldier killed in the 2014 Gaza war was stolen during a break-in at the family’s home in Rishon Lezion, his sister-in-law said Saturday.

In a Facebook post, Maayan Korem Rubel asked anyone with information on the hard drive to contact her so the family can get it back. She said the disc contains all the family’s memories of Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20.

“The monetary value is small, but the sentimental value is priceless,” wrote Maayan Rubel.

The burglary took place in the night from Friday to Saturday at the family home on Ha’Sipun Street in the central regional city.

It’s the second time burglars have stolen items containing personal memories of Rubel.

In 2017, thieves stole a mobile phone from Rubel’s father’s car. The device contained photos of Rubel and messages he had sent to his father, Channel 12 news reported Saturday.

The family and police at the time asked for the public’s help in recovering the phone. An investigation was opened and police were eventually able to locate the device and return it to next of kin.

Rubel was murdered in the Gaza Strip on July 19, 2014. He was killed by a Hamas gunman who emerged from a tunnel and opened fire on IDF forces. Another soldier was also injured. The troops returned fire and killed the gunman.

Rubel was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Israel had sent ground troops to Gaza during the seven-week conflict when the IDF clashed with Hamas-led terror groups in the Palestinian enclave. A total of 74 people – 68 IDF soldiers, 11 of whom were killed in cross-border tunnel attacks, and 6 civilians – died on the Israeli side of the conflict. More than 2,000 people were killed in Gaza, with Israel estimating the death toll at about 50 percent, the rest being combatants

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