73-year-old Israeli woman who fell in rocket shelter dies of injuries

Chava Vaknin of Holon, country’s 13th fatality in Gaza conflict, sustained serious head injuries during barrage last Saturday

Chava Vaknin. (Courtesy)
Chava Vaknin. (Courtesy)

A 73-year-old woman who was seriously injured while seeking shelter from incoming rocket fire from the Gaza Strip has died of her injuries, bringing the death toll in Israel during Operation Guardian of the Walls to 13.

Chava Vaknin of the central Israel city of Holon was badly injured in a fall in her fortified room last Saturday, as volleys of rockets were fired from the coastal enclave at central Israel. She sustained a brain injury and died two days later, though her death was not publicized until Sunday.

Her daughter Iris told Channel 12 that her mother fell as a result of alarm from the rockets. Though she initially appeared to be fine, her condition later deteriorated and she was hospitalized in serious condition, until her death on Monday. Vaknin was taking blood thinners, which may have exacerbated the internal bleeding, her daughter told the network.

Vaknin is survived by her husband, seven children, and over 20 grandchildren.

Another 12 people were killed in Israel during the 11-day conflict.

The Israeli civilian victims of rocket fire whose names have been published are Ido Avigal, 5, of Sderot; Leah Yom-Tov, 63, of Rishon Lezion; Khalil Awwad, 52, and his 16-year-old daughter, Nadeen, from Dahmash, near Lod; Nela Gurvitch, 52, from Ashkelon; Gershon Franko, 55, of Ramat Gan. Two more women — one 87 years old, the other in her 50s — died from injuries sustained while running for shelter.

Soumya Santosh, 32, a caregiver from India, was also killed by the rocket fire near the Gaza border, as were two Thai workers: Veerawat Karanborirak, 44, from Phetchabun province, and Sikharin Sangamram, 24, from Buri Ram, according to the Bangkok Post.

Some of the victims of the Gaza rocket fire: Top row (L) Omer Tabib (R) Ido Avigal; 2nd row (L) Leah Yom-Tov (R) Soumya Santosh; 3rd row (L) Nadeen Awwad (R) Khalil Awwad; 4th row (R) Nela Gurvitch (L) Ramat Gan after the rocket strike (Oren ZIV / AFP)

In addition, IDF soldier Omer Tabib, 21, from Elyakim, was killed in an anti-tank missile attack on the Israel-Gaza border.

Palestinian terror groups in the Strip fired 4,300 rockets at Israel during the flareup, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Israel in response launched extensive airstrikes in the enclave, killing nearly 250 Palestinians; the IDF says 200 were combatants.

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