Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem late Sunday night to bury Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, who was killed earlier in the day after being struck by rocket shrapnel while running for cover in the coastal city of Ashdod.
Prezuazman, 21, was a dual American and Israeli citizen, according to Israel’s Consul General in New York, Dani Dayan.
“I don’t understand why this is happening, but I am sure that you have fulfilled your purpose on this earth,” his father Haim Dov Prezuazman said as he was laid to rest.
“I had a great blessing to raise you for 21, nearly 22 years,” he said.
Prezuazman leaves behind a wife and a small child.
The rocket that killed Prezuazman was part of an early evening fusillade of dozens of rockets aimed at the southern Israeli cities of Sderot, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Yavneh, Gedera, and Beersheba, which have a combined population of over 600,000 residents.
He was the fourth Israeli killed in the latest round of attacks from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
Earlier Sunday an Israeli man killed in a rocket attack on the southern city of Ashkelon was identified as Ziad al-Hamamda, 47, and a second victim killed earlier in the day when an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck his car was named as 68-year-old Moshe Feder.
Fifty-eight year-old father of four Moshe Agadi was the first fatality after being rushed to Barzilai Medical Center with shrapnel wounds he sustained when the rocket hit his home in the city at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
At least 10 others were injured by shrapnel from rockets, missiles and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
The latest round of violence has seen over 650 rockets fired at Israel over the weekend by Gaza terror groups, and the Israel Defense Forces responding with over 300 airstrikes on Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other terror group targets in Gaza. Some 20 Gazans have been reported killed, as Israel targeted ammunition stores, rocket launchers and organizational infrastructure, many of them identified as members of the terror groups. Israel directly targeted one Hamas official, Hamed Hamdan al-Khodari, who it said was responsible for bringing Iranian money into Gaza for its terrorist rulers.