Israeli man dies after being hit by Gaza mortar fire

A 37-year-old Israeli man was killed by mortar fire near the Erez border crossing (pictured). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A 37-year-old Israeli man was killed Tuesday after being hit by mortar fire from Gaza near the Erez border crossing, marking the first fatality for the Jewish state since Operation Protective Edge began.

Dror Hanin, 37, was a civilian who had come to bring food and drinks to soldiers serving on the Gaza border. Hanin suffered severe injuries to his chest, and despite efforts to save his life, he was pronounced dead after arriving at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. A friend who was standing beside him when the mortar struck was lightly injured. 

Meanwhile, two Bedouin girls, ages 11 and 13, were seriously wounded from a rocket strike near the city of Beersheba. The girls are being treated at Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center. An 81-year-old man in Beersheba and a 7-year-old boy in Ashdod were also injured in rocket attacks. In the Eshkol region, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by mortar fire, Israel Hayom reported.

Israel is continuing to endure rocket barrages launched from Gaza after the collapse of the cease-fire deal brokered by Egypt. Although Israel had halted all airstrikes for six hours after the 9 a.m. onset of the cease-fire on Tuesday, Hamas did not stop launching rockets. The Israel Defense Forces then resumed its air campaign against Hamas by hitting more than 30 targets in Gaza.

Posted on July 15, 2014 .