Thousands attend Grad rocket victim's funeral

Moshe Ami, 56, managed to answer his phone, speak with his wife before being evacuated to the hospital where he died of shrapnel wounds.

Funeral for rocket victim Moshe Ami 311  (R) (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Funeral for rocket victim Moshe Ami 311 (R)
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Moshe Ami, the man killed in Ashkelon Saturday by a Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, was laid to rest in Ashkelon on Sunday.
Hundreds of people, including Ashkelon Mayor Beni Vaknin, attended the funeral, Israel Radio reported.
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The 56-year-old was on his way home to his family when the an air raid siren went off, warning of an incoming rocket.
In a residential neighborhood in Ashkelon, he left his vehicle and ran for cover, but was mortally injured by shrapnel flying from the rocket.
Magen David Adom paramedics rushed the rocket victim to Barzilai Medical Center in the city, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Before being evacuated to the hospital by MDA paramedics, Ami managed to answer a telephone call from his concerned wife and told her that he had been injured.
Yaakov Lappin also contributed to this report