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Oct 27, 2002 | 21st of Heshvan, 5763 | כ״א במרחשון תשס״ג
Oct 27, 2002 – Lt. Matan Zagron, 22, of Itamar was one of three IDF soldiers killed in a suicide bombing at the Sonol gas station at the entrance to Ariel in Samaria while trying to prevent the terrorist from detonating the bomb.
Matan Zagron was about to assault the terrorist and took the brunt of the explosion, said his friends in the Nahshon Battalion, where Zagron served as a sniper officer. In addition to the three killed, about 20 people were wounded in the blast.
Two weeks ago he celebrated his 22nd birthday. His friend Oded Ronsky, who had spent the last few hours before the terrorist attack with him, said Matan’s dream was to serve in the Shin Bet. Oded related that only a few days ago Matan had parted from his girl friend and needed cheering up.
“I drove him in the morning to the gas station, where he was supposed to meet his soldiers to take them to training drill.”
His father, Benny, works in the research institute of Ariel College. His mother, Varda, is a special education teacher in Ariel’s Nahsholim school. The Zagron family moved to Itamar, a community in Samaria, about 12 years ago from Moshav Tkuma in the Negev.
Matan studied at Itamar’s high school yeshiva Hitzim, and took part in the pre-military course at Hemdat in the Jordan Valley. He joined the paratroopers, then became an officer in command of the sniper platoon of the Nahshon Battalion operating in the territories.
Benny Zagron said that his son was a serious man who did not shirk responsibility;
he was “a leader, with lots of motivation.”
Lt. Matan Zagron was buried in Itamar.
He is survived by his parents, Benny and Varda, three sisters and a brother: Idit, Yasmin, Hayuta, and Aviel.
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