Ashdod man seriously hurt in rocket attack this month: ‘I received gift of life’

Asher Biton was delivering food to needy when hit by Gaza projectile fired during White House peace ceremony; says he was saved by miracle of his car not starting

Asher Biton (L) and his wife Rivka (R) speak with Channel 13 news, September 25, 2020 (Screen grab)
Asher Biton (L) and his wife Rivka (R) speak with Channel 13 news, September 25, 2020 (Screen grab)

An Israeli man seriously wounded in a rocket attack earlier this month while delivering food to the needy in the southern city of Ashdod said on Friday that his survival was miraculous.

“I received life as a gift — many miracles happened,” said Asher Biton, 62, a father of 15, who was making his rounds when Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into Israel. The rockets were times to coincide with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s signing of normalization deals with the UAE and Bahrain at the White House in Washington on September 15.

“Every evening I collect all the leftovers from a few bakeries and distribute them to families ien the area,” he told Channel 13 news from his hospital bed, in his first comments as he recovers. “That evening, there were so many things that should not have happened. The car did not start, and then the siren began. I realized it was not worth going into the bakery, so I bent down and covered my head with my hand.”

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said Biton sustained shrapnel wounds to his upper body from the rocket. A second man, 28, suffered light injuries to his extremities from broken glass. Four other people suffered anxiety attacks as a result of the rocket fire, medics said.

Police and medical personnel at the scene where a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a road in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on September 15, 2020. (Flash90)

His wife Rivka added: “It was sent from heaven that the vehicle did not start, because otherwise he would have been sitting in the car and injured more. A lot of great miracles happened.”

“I did not know how much the people of Israel love us, we have a special people and we want to thank them,” Rivka said.

Biton was originally described as in moderate condition, but doctors at the Assuta Hospital later said his situation deteriorated.

After several days of care, his condition stabilized.

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