Israeli man, 50, killed in rocket attack near Tel Aviv

May 16, 2021 by TPS
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A 50-year-old Israeli man was killed in a missile strike in Ramat Gan, a city close to Tel Aviv, on Saturday.

Rocket impact in residential area in Ramat Gan. Reports of one person dead, heavy damage to buildings.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service announced that paramedics had unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the man who died of injuries sustained when the rocket, fired from the Gaza Strip, exploded in a residential area. The 50-year-old was the tenth person to be killed in a missile attack on Israel since fighting erupted on Monday evening.

The rocket had struck a residential area and caused substantial damage to homes and businesses.  A resident told TPS that he had been in the shower when the rocket alert siren sounded. “I immediately went to the shelter. Suddenly I heard a loud explosion. It felt really near,” the Ramat Gan resident said. “I opened the shelter door and saw that all my windows and glasses were smashed. There was smoke everywhere,” he said, adding that he had then helped many of the older residents of the building into safety. The man described his street as “looking like a big mess.”

The Magen David Adom on Saturday stated that it had provided medical services to at least 46 people since midnight, including seven injured by shrapnel from the missile attacks. Many of the other people requiring treatment were injured running to bomb shelters and treated for shock, the ambulance service stated.

Missile attacks on Israel continued throughout Saturday, marking the sixth day of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have been conducting air and artillery strikes on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad individuals and infrastructure. The strikes also targeted a building in Gaza City housing media organizations, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. According to the IDF, the building also served as a base for Hamas military intelligence.

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