Two Israelis Killed by Mortar Fire on Kibbutz Just Before Cease-Fire

(Times of Israel) Ilan Ben Zion - Two Israelis died Tuesday evening in a mortar attack on Kibbutz Nirim, near Gaza, and four others were wounded, one seriously. Ze'ev Etzion, the security chief for the kibbutz, was killed on the spot as he worked to fix electricity lines damaged in an earlier mortar attack. Nirim resident Shahar Melamed, a 43-year-old father of 3, was also killed. Medical care was given to the wounded as rockets and mortars fell around the kibbutz. The Nirim attack came amid a fierce bombardment of the towns and communities of southern Israel in the hour before a cease-fire took effect. Earlier in the day, dozens were injured in Ashkelon when a rocket fired from Gaza struck a house.

2014-08-27 00:00:00

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