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Father dies by suicide on grave of son who died from Gaza rocket fire in 2014

Moshe Etzion speaks before an image of his son, Ze'ev Etzion, who died from Gaza rocket fire in 2014. (Eshkol Regional Council)
Moshe Etzion speaks before an image of his son, Ze'ev Etzion, who died from Gaza rocket fire in 2014. (Eshkol Regional Council)

Moshe Etzion, 88, the father of Ze’ev Etzion who was killed by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during the 2014 war, has taken his own life at the gravesite of his son on the Hebrew anniversary of his death.

The Etzions lived in Kibbutz Nirim in the south, near the border with the Gaza Strip.

After leaving his home early this morning and not returning after several hours, authorities launched a search. Moshe Etzion was found dead next to the burial site of his son in the town, the Eshkol regional council says.

He is to be buried tomorrow.

Ze’ev Etzion was a local security officer for the kibbutz during the 2014 war, as well as an emergency medic and ambulance driver. He was killed when a Hamas-launched mortar shell landed in the town and shrapnel hit him.

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