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Jul 6, 2004 | 17th of Tammuz, 5764 | י״ז בתמוז תשס״ד
July 6, 2004 – Capt. Moran Vardi, 25 of Binyamina, of the Israel Navy commando unit Shayetet 13 was killed in an exchange of fire with Palestinian terrorists in the Ein Beit-Ilma refugee camp in Nablus.
Just after midnight, the IDF attempted to arrest two wanted terrorists, both PFLP leaders in the city of Nablus. During the arrest operation the terrorists left their hideout and opened fire at the soldiers. As a result, Capt. Moran Vardi was killed and two NCOs and another officer were wounded. The two terrorists, who had been wanted for several years were killed.
Moran Vardi was born in Haifa where he grew up in the Kiryat Eliezer neighborhood. The family later moved to Moshav Binyamina where he attended the ORT High School. His friends relate that he loved diving – he dove all along the Israeli coast as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Released from the IDF several years ago, Moran returned to active service following the death of his close friend Nir Krichman, while arresting terrorists in Nablus. He completed an officers’ course and was appointed a team commander in the naval commando unit.
Vardi also participated in the seizing of the Palestinian weapons ships Karine A in January 2002. He was shortly to have flown to the U.S. with his team following a previous successful mission. He was due to complete his service soon and was planning to propose to his girlfriend Limor.
Capt. Moran Vardi was buried in the military section of the Binyamina Cemetery. He is survived by his parents Dubi and Liora, his brother Ro’i 23 and sister Tomer 14.
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