Israelis killed in terror attacked identified as father and son

August 20, 2023 by Pesach Benson
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Two Israelis killed in Saturday’s terror attack in the Palestinian village of Huwara have been identified as Ashdod residents Shay Silas Nigrekar, 60 and his 28-year-old son, Aviad.

Aviad Nir and Shay Silas Nigreker

The two were shot and killed at a carwash in Huwara on Saturday afternoon. Responding Magen David Adom medics declared them dead at the scene. According to a preliminary investigation, the terrorist shot them at close range with a handgun and fled the scene in a vehicle.

Their funerals are expected to take place on Sunday in Ashdod.

The IDF has launched a manhunt for the killer and possible accomplices.

“Silas Shay and his son, Aviad, in their lives and in their deaths, were inseparable,” said Ashdod Mayor Yehiel Lasri. “All of Ashdod will mourn their murder during Shabbat in the severe shooting attack in which their lives were taken in such a cruel and criminal manner.”

According to the preliminary investigation, the Negrikars had spent several hours in Huwara, apparently running errands.

The IDF is also investigating the possibility that the murderer was tipped off to the presence of Israelis by a worker at the carwash.

Responding to the deaths, President Isaac Herzog said, “A sad Saturday that ends with great pain for two murdered, a father and son, in a serious attack in Huwara. Rest assured that the IDF and security forces will resolutely capture the abominable murderer. We must not let terrorism defeat us.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added: “I send my condolences to the family of the two people who were murdered, a father and son, whose lives were cut short in such a brutal and abhorrent manner, over Shabbat.

The security forces are redoubling their efforts to apprehend the murderer and settle accounts with him, just as we have done with all murderers until now.”

Australia’s ambassador to Israel Dr Ralp King tweeted on X: “Appalled and saddened by news of the murder of a father and his son near Huwara today. We condemn such terrorism, and extend our condolences to the victims’ family.”

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