Sunday, July 20, 2014

20-Jul-14: Hamas rocket devastates Israeli family, kills father

Zero red lines: Rocket men in Gaza fire at anything Israeli
The constant indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza continues, and exacted a human life during Saturday afternoon.

Jerusalem Post says an Israeli died after sustaining critical injuries from a rocket attack near Dimona. Four other people, including two young children, were injured in the same attack and are undergoing hospital treatment for their injuries. One, a three-month-old baby, is in critical condition; another appears (to us) to be her mother and the widow of the dead man. Times of Israel names the dead victim as a 32-year-old man from a Bedouin community near Dimona, Ouda Lafi al-Waj, and explains
Since many Bedouin communities are unrecognized by the government, many basic services are not provided to them. They are also not protected by Iron Dome, which registers their homes as “open areas” and allows rockets to fall there without attempting interception.
Maan, the Palestinian news agency, says the dead man was killed by a rocket that fell short of its real target (if that's an expression that can fairly be used in a war in which rockets by the hundred are simply flung into the air by the jihadists in the general direction of something Israeli.) The Negev desert city of Dimona is home to an Israeli nuclear reactor and there is constant speculation that Hamas is making efforts to hit the reactor, among various other "quality" targets.

The Maan report says Al-Waj lived in
Qasr al-Sir, an unrecognized Bedouin village in southern Israel with a population of around 1,000. Israeli medical sources said that the injured included a 4-month-old baby girl in serious condition as well as a 5-year-old boy and a woman in her 30s with light injuries. The injured appeared to all be members of the same family.
On Tuesday, Dror Khenin, 37, was killed near the Erez border crossing with the Gaza Strip. He was hit by a mortar launched by Gaza terrorists and rushed to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon but died there of his wounds. Khenin was a volunteer who had come to distribute food to soldiers posted to the area.

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