Israel Mourns as Youngest Ever Terror Victim Laid to Rest

December 13, 2018

by: Inbar Tvizer

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Israel’s youngest terror victim: a baby prematurely born by emergency Cesarean after a terror attack, has died.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 | Medical personnel struggled for four days to save his life but on Wednesday, doctors at Sha’arei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem announced the death of the infant, born prematurely, after his mother was wounded in a terror attack near Ofra, north of Jerusalem.

The parents, Shira and Amichai Ish-Ran, visited their son for the first time at the hospital’s ICU Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the couple met each other for the first time since the attack. Shira sustained serious injuries while her husband Amichai was lightly wounded and uses a wheelchair.

Earlier, Shira’s father described how after she awoke, the couple held hands but could not speak. He expressed gratitude that although she was seriously hurt, Shira’s life was spared. He also expressed hope that the premature infant’s condition would improve. Tragically, that was not to be.

Speaking to the foreign press, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Our hearts are with Shira and Amichai over the passing of their four-day-old son. The murderers are abhorrent, the most deviant criminals on earth.”

President Reuven Rivlin called the parents “true heroes.” He posted a poem “The Parable of the Fledgling” by Eli Eliyahu about a baby bird that falls from his nest and cannot be rescued.

“We are with you, embracing you, and will not rest until this despicable terrorism is uprooted,” he said.

In addition to the couple, five others were also wounded in the Ofra attack. One is in moderate condition and the rest sustained light wounds.

Footage from the scene of the attack reveals a white sedan approaching the location before slowing down and releasing a stream of bullets into the people standing at the bus stop at the entrance to Ofra, before the car fled the scene.

Posted on December 13, 2018

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published in Ynetnews on December 12, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) 

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