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Otniel yeshiva head killed in terror attack to be buried in Jerusalem on Sunday

Wife of Miki Mark still in serious but stable condition after shooting; 14-year-old daughter conscious and responsive

Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016 (Courtesy)
Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016 (Courtesy)

The wife of a West Bank rabbi killed in Friday’s terror attack near Hebron was still in hospital with serious injuries on Saturday, but her condition had improved slightly, hospital officials said.

Hava Mark’s condition was stabilized but she was still in an induced coma, said the head of the trauma unit at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, where Hava Mark was taken on Friday following a shooting attack in which her family’s car came under gunfire from a passing vehicle and overturned near Beit Hagai on Route 60. Her husband, Miki Mark, was killed and two of her children were hurt.

The couple’s 14-year-old daughter, also hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem, was fully conscious and responsive, hospital officials said. Their 15-year-old son was lightly injured in the attack.

Miki Mark, 48, was the director of the yeshiva in the settlement of Otniel. Mark, a father of 10 and the cousin of Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, had lived in the settlement with his family for years.

Miki Mark (Facebook)
Miki Mark (Facebook)

A service will be held on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Otniel Yeshiva where Mark will be eulogized. Afterwards, he will be laid to rest at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.

President Reuven Rivlin will deliver a eulogy for Mark, his office announced Saturday.

An initial investigation indicated the terrorists passed the Marks’ car with their vehicle, then opened fire at them. Officials said over 20 bullet holes were found in their car.

On Saturday, the IDF arrested several suspects in the Hebron area as part of the hunt for those responsible for the attack.

An Israeli car hit in a drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed Miki Mark on July 1, 2016 (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
An Israeli car hit in a drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed Miki Mark on July 1, 2016 (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

The attack came a day after a 13-year-old girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was killed in her home at the Kiryat Arba settlement adjacent to Hebron.

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