May 11, 2023: Inga Avramyan, 80, was killed when a rocket, launched from Gaza, struck an apartment block in the central Israeli city of Rehovot.
According to Israeli sources, the Israeli woman was killed, and eight people were injured, when a shell fired from the Gaza Strip hit an apartment building in Rehovot, in central Israel.
The woman was killed after being trapped under rubble that fell from the damaged building. Seven people were treated on-site with light injuries, and one woman in her sixties was taken to the hospital with a head injury.
The Israeli military spokesman, Daniel Hagari, stated that the Israeli anti-missile defense system known as the ‘Iron Dome’ (funded largely by the United States), had experienced a malfunction on Thursday night.
The Israeli military’s “Home Front Command” Search and Rescue Unit was joined by police, Fire and Rescue Services to search in the rubble for additional victims, but no other injured Israelis were found.
The shell had been fired after three straight days of Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the deaths of 31 Palestinians, including a number of young children and women.
The chair of the Israeli Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Yuli Edelstein, condemned the death of the Israeli man, saying, “My heart goes out to the family of the murdered person from the missile strike, and I am praying for the recovery of those injured.”
Edelstein went on to say, “The responsibility for the criminal and cowardly strike and murder lies with one source: Iran – the patron and financier of the Islamic Jihad. There lies the head of the snake, and we will work in every way to remove this threat from the people of Israel.”
Edelstein made no mention of the dozens of Palestinian civilians that Israeli bombs had killed over the past three days.
In addition to the shell that hit the building in Rehovot, three Israeli buildings in Sderot, near the border with Gaza, were hit by Palestinian shells, but no injuries were reported.
On the same day of her death, Israeli missiles killed nine Palestinians and injured many others, some seriously, after the army fired missiles at their homes and residential buildings.
The Palestinians killed by the Israeli missiles were identified as:
- Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Daqqa, 43, Bani Soheila, east of Khan Younis.
- Ali Hasan Mohammad Ghali, 50, Hamad city, Khan Younis.
- Mahmoud Hasan Mohammad Ghali, 23, Hamad city, Khan Younis.
- Mahmoud Walid Mohammad Abdul-Jawad, 26, Hamad city, Khan Younis.
- Mohammad Suleiman Khalil Dader, 32, Sheja’eyya, Gaza City.
- Hussein Yousef Abdullah Dalloul, 23, Sheja’eyya, Gaza City.
- Odai Riyad Al-Louh, Nusseira, central Gaza.
- Elian Ata Abu Wadi, 36, Jabalia
- Abdul-Halim Najjar, 22, Jabalia.
Inga Avramyan was from Rehovot, in central Israel. Source: IMEMC