After 11 Months in coma, rocket attack victim dies of wounds

September 23, 2019 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Nina Gnesdenova, who had been in a coma since November 2018 when she was wounded in a rocket attack, has died of her wounds.

Nina Gnesdenova. (Ashkelon Municipality)

Gnesdenova, 74, was seriously injured when a rocket launched by Gaza-based terrorists hit her home in Ashkelon. The Ashkelon municipality today released the information that she passed away last week.

Gazan terrorists launched a barrage of over 400 rockets from Gaza aimed at civilian targets in mid-November in which 55 Israelis were wounded at various locations throughout the south. Some 100 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system. The Israeli Air Force carried out extensive attacks against Hamas targets in the Strip.

Mahmoud Abu Asbah, 48, an Arab worker from the Hebron area was killed in the attack. He was the first civilian casualty in Israel from the most intensive wave of attacks since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.

The Ashkelon Municipality stated Sunday evening that it was saddened by the loss.

Nina was hospitalized for months at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv and last week passed away. Upon learning of her passing, social workers contacted the family and have been providing them with the necessary assistance, the municipality stated.

Ashkelon’s Mayor Tomer Glam spoke to her son, Igor, and expressed his sorrow. “Sadly, we have lost another resident in the never-ending war with the terrorist organizations in Gaza. I hope it will be the last victim,” he said.

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