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Sunday, August 20, 2017

(TPS) The off-duty soldier who shot and incapacitated the terrorist who murdered three members of the Salomon family in Neve Tzuf has been awarded a citation for bravery.

On July 21, a Palestinian terrorist, Omar al-Abed, entered the family’s home after knocking on the door and stabbed to death Yosef Salomon, his son, Elad, and his daughter, Chaya, as the family celebrated the birth of a new grandson. He also seriously injured the mother of the family, Tovah Salomon. Abed was lightly wounded.

Hearing screams from the Salomon house, Ayin, an off-duty soldier from Oketz special forces unit, grabbed his gun, ran out, and on seeing the scene, fired a single shot through the window, putting an end to the carnage.

Ayin and his father Shimon Maoz alerted security forces and continued to sweep the house looking for additional terrorists.

In awarding the citation, the head of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Command said Ayin had “engaged the enemy and displayed perseverance, bravery and balanced judgment that had prevented a worse disaster.” Maoz received a certificate of appreciation for showing “bravery and exemplary citizenship.”

The Maoz family told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that they had received news of the citation and certificate of appreciation with mixed feelings.

“We did our civil duty as everyone would have, but we would prefer to turn back the clock and bring back our beloved neighbors, the Salomon family,” the Maoz family said.