Huddled in the Ruins: The first casualty of the Hamas rockets exploding in Israel was the last man they actually meant to hit
Rockets Explode in Ashkelon
Near midnight (Monday), Hamas in Gaza launched rockets toward the city of Ashkelon. One of the rockets exploded between residential buildings in Ashkelon and caused damage to houses. Three gas tanks began to burn. As a result, a 48-year-old man was killed and a 60-year-old woman was critically wounded.
Ashkelon is a coastal city in the Southern District of Israel on the Mediterranean coast, 50 kilometers (31 mi) south of Tel Aviv, and 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) north of the border with the Gaza Strip. The city is populated by 138,000 people, and according to official statistics it is a Jewish city and all the citizens are Jews.
Huddled in the Ruins: Woman Wounded, Man Killed
MDA paramedic said: “After the fall, we searched the area. The firefighters broke into one of the apartments that was locked, and at the entrance to the house we saw a woman of about 60 lying unconscious and suffering from the injury of the leaf and a lot of damage to the system. We gave her life-saving life-saving medical care and took her to the hospital.”
He added: “When we got to the place, we went to the apartment on the top floor and saw a room in the room in which a man and a woman were found. The man in his 40’s was unconscious and suffered extensive system damage. We performed medical tests on him but he was without signs of life. The woman who was conscious and suffered from injuries was pulled out of the apartment when she was in a serious condition and was evacuated to a hospital in the intensive care unit of MDA, while providing life-saving medical treatment.”
Disaster in Ashkelon: Who was the man killed?
The Hamas terrorists targeted the city with rockets from Gaza aiming to hit civilian targets and heavily populated Jewish neighborhoods.
But as it turns out, the first – and currently the only – casualty of this attack was a 48-year-old Palestinian man from Hebron, a city under control of the Palestinian Authority.
During the night, there were no more public details about the casualty. No name, no photo. It was not clear what a Palestinian even did in Israel, whether it was with permit or not. Later in the morning, it was cleared that the man was Mahmoud Abd Al-Hamid Abu Asbah (48), a Palestinian from Halhul, near Hebron. With him was his life partner, who was severely wounded.
The rescue force broke through the door and their eyes saw the horror: the couple, who had apparently slept during the attack, was lying in a bed with a total destruction surrounding them. The apartment was destroyed and walls collapsed on the victims. But the couple had hardly been discovered, and they might have stayed in the apartment for a long time without anyone knowing about them.
Palestinian Killed by Hamas
In Israel, any and every casualty is mourned. Any loss of life is considered a tragedy. The major news website YNet headlined the story “Huddled in the ruins: Disaster in Ashkelon”.
And yet, in social networks, people couldn’t stop but wonder about the chances that this would happen. This poor Palestinian, who tragically lost his life, was probably the only one out of 138,000 targeted by Hamas, which they didn’t mean to hit.
At the very least, it is a sad symbol of how complicated this conflict really is.
The Burning Bus
During the same day of fighting in Gaza and Israel, an Israeli bus was hit by an anti-rocket missile fired by Hamas. Just minutes earlier, the bus was full with 50 people. But when it was hit, the bus was empty.