An explosion that shook an Ashkelon neighborhood last night was caused by a
“work accident” linked to a local criminal, Lachish subdistrict police said
They added that the death was not the result of an attempted
assassination of the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene around 1 a.m.
The blast was initially thought to be a rocket strike –
not uncommon in the city which lies only a few kilometers from the Gaza
Though police wouldn’t confirm the identity of the victim, sources
in Ashkelon named him as Tzion Yana, a local known to police, but not considered
a major target of their investigations in the Lachish subdistrict.
unclear if he is the same Tzion Yana who in 2009 was arrested for planting an
explosives device outside a business in Kiryat Gat as part of a feud between two
rival tombstone manufacturers in the Negev city.
specified that neither the victim nor the incident are related to the ongoing
crime war in the south – which saw the Magidish crime family associates try to
acquire a LAW missile earlier this month to use in an attempt on southern
kingpin Shalom Domrani.