Shuli Katz
MDA team prepares to transport body
Photo: Amir Cohen
Woman killed by Qassam in southern Israel
(Video) Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for rocket attack on small Israeli community in which 70-year-old grandmother of five was killed

VIDEO - Qassams claim another victim: Shuli Katz, a 70-year-old resident of Kibbutz Gvaram was killed early Monday evening from a Palestinian Qassam rocket which crashed into the backyard of a residential home in Yesha – a small community belonging to the Eshkol Regional Council.


A widow, Katz is survived by four children, five grandchildren and her 90-year-old mother, who lives in a retirement home.


She sustained critical injuries from the impact and MDA paramedics alerted to the scene fought to resuscitate for some time before ultimately calling the time of death. Medics also treated a 50-year-old man for shock.





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The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.


The trip to Yesha had not been planned. Katz had intended to meet with her sister-in-law, who was visiting from the US. But the two decided to relocate the reunion from Gvaram to Yesha after a Qassam barrage earlier in the day landed near the city of Ashkelon - which is near Gvaram.


People gather at impact site (Photo: Amir Cohen)


Katz had been waiting outside one of the houses while her son went inside to determine if they had found the right address. Seconds after the rocket alert sirens sounded the Qassam struck a mere dozen inches from her.


Qassams rain on

Earlier on Monday several Qassams were fired from northern Gaza towards Israel, one landed near an

elementary school in Ashkelon. A number of buildings were damaged but no injuries were reported.


Yesha council chairman, Yehuda Madmon, told Ynet the rocket alert sirens had sounded prior to the impact. "There was the 'Color Red' alert and I had a very bad feeling. This is the first time I have run for cover from a Qassam. All of a sudden there was a horrendous blast," he said.


Ali Waked and Shmulik Hadad contributed to this report


First published: 12.05.08, 19:03
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