Second Israeli fatality declared after earlier mortar attack

Israeli evacuated in critical condition after barrage of mortar fire from Gaza targeted Eshkol region just before cease-fire, succumbs to his wounds.

August 26, 2014 23:18
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Ambulance. (photo credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM JERUSALEM)


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A Gazan mortar strike on Kibbutz Nirim in the Eshkol region killed two people on Tuesday, an hour before a cease-fire went into effect.

One victim died immediately, and one died in hospital.

A further 5 people were wounded, including one who was evacuated in serious condition. The rest were moderately or lightly hurt by shrapnel.

The mortar shell hit next to a swimming pool; paramedics began treating the wounded as shells and rockets continued to pound the area.

According to a spokesman for the Eshkol region, on Tuesday alone terrorists fired 116 rockets and mortar shells into the area, the most it has taken during the 50 days of Operation Protective Edge.

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