Israeli rabbi Asher Biton was seriously injured in the rocket attack on the city of Ashdod on Tuesday. Biton was delivering food to the city’s needy when he was hit by splinters from the rocket, writes the newspaper Times of Israel.
62-year-old Biton is the father of 15 children. While Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired rockets into Israel, Biton walked around the city to distribute food to the city’s needy. The rocket attacks took place at the same time as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed peace agreements with the Emirates and Bahrain – read MIFF’s articles on this.
One of the rockets was stopped by the Israeli rocket defense Iron Dome. Another rocket exploded in the coastal city of Ashdod. Read MIFF’s article on the rocket attacks here.
According to ambulance service Magen David Adom, Biton was injured by splinters in his upper body. Another 28-year-old man was slightly injured in the arms and legs of glass splinters. Four people were treated for shock injuries as a result of the rocket attacks.
According to initial reports, Biton had been moderately injured, but his condition worsened and doctors decided not to operate on him because they feared he would not survive the operation. The doctors have decided to wait until Biton’s condition has stabilized, according to the hospital Biton is no longer in danger of death.
His wife Rivka Biton says the family heard about the rocket attacks in the news and noticed that Asher’s car was where he was supposed to deliver food.
– I called him but he did not answer. One answered the call by mistake and I could hear screams, police and ambulances. I jumped in a taxi and hurried to the place, she says.
When the rocket sounded the alarm, Asher allegedly got out of his car and lay on the ground with his hands over his head, as the Israeli security authorities recommend doing if there is no security room nearby. It is believed to have saved his life.
– He has major internal injuries. I still feel like we are in a nightmare that we have not woken up from yet, says his wife.
Tuesday’s rocket attack on the cities of Ashdod and Askhelon meant that more than 400,000 Israelis had to run to safety. This is far from the first time terrorists in the Gaza Strip have attacked Israel during major events. For example, the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper Al-Hayatal-Jadida [The New Life] on 18. January in a column his readers to carry out killings in Jerusalem and at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Jerusalem with the participation of royal and world leaders – also Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen – read MIFF’s article about it here.