Eliyahu Naim. 'Salt of the earth'
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Man injured during rocket attack dies of his wounds

Eliyahu Naim, 79, sustained serious head injury while seeking cover during Ashkelon rocket attack two weeks ago; succumbs to wounds

Eliyahu Naim, 79, died at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem Sunday after falling over in his house while running for cover during a rocket attack on Ashkelon two weeks ago.


A Color Red alert sounded in Ashkelon on August 22. Naim, who was staying at his house together with his wife and nurse, rushed to the apartment's fortified space. "When he entered the foretified room he must have stumbled and hit a sharp edge of a library and as a result sustained a serious head injury," his son-in-law Eyal told Ynet.


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The nurse immediately called Naim's two daughters and together with Eyal they rushed to the house. "We called Magen David Adom and they took him to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon where he was diagnosed with a severe head injury.


Iron Dome intercepts rocked fired at Ashkelon (Photo: Tal Haim)
Iron Dome intercepts rocked fired at Ashkelon (Photo: Tal Haim)

"He was later taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and admitted in the Neurosurgeon Unit unconscious until his death tonight," Eyal said.


Naim was one of Ashkelon's first residents arriving there in the 1960s. He retired several years ago after working as an accountant at an agricultural products company. "He was a very likeably person, loved people, loved company, served as a medic in the IDF, salt of the earth," his son-in-law said.


He had apparently become used to rocket fire. "We talked about it several times. He wasn't scared or worried but was very cautious and always adhered to the Home Front Command guidelines," Eyal said. "He entered the fortified space whenever an alarm would go off."


Yair Altman contributed to this report




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