Kerala woman killed in rocket strike in Israel while she was on video call with husband

The deceased, Soumya Santhosh, was a local of Idukki who had been working as a caregiver in Israel for the previous seven years.

A lady from Kerala, working in Israel, was killed in a rocket strike from Gaza on Tuesday, her members of the family advised information company PTI. They mentioned that the rocket fell on the residence of 31-year-old Soumya Santhosh, a resident of Idukki, who had been working within the metropolis of Ashkelon situated in Israel. On the time of the rocket strike, she was speaking to her husband Santhosh, who’s in Kerala, over a video name.

“My brother heard an enormous sound throughout the video name. Immediately the cellphone obtained disconnected. Then we instantly contacted fellow Malayalees working there and we got here to know in regards to the incident,” Santhosh’s brother Saji advised PTI. Soumya, hailing from Keerithodu in Idukki district, had been working as a caregiver in Israel for the final seven years, her relations mentioned. Santosh labored as a caregiver attending to an previous lady at a home within the southern Israeli coastal metropolis of Ashkelon. The Indian lady was mentioned to be residing in Israel for the final seven years. She has a nine-year-old son whom she had left along with her husband in Kerala.

Minister of State for Exterior Affairs V Muraleedharan condoled her dying and mentioned he has spoken to the girl’s household.

MLA-designate and Nationalist Congress Kerala chief Mani C Kappan condemned the incident. In a Fb put up, Kappan, who’s representing the Pala seat within the Kerala Meeting, mentioned hundreds of Keralites working in Israel have been residing in concern. He additionally sought intervention of the Union authorities and the state authorities within the concern.

Over the past month, stress has been brewing between the Israeli authorities and Hamas with issues escalating additional over the previous couple of days with each side indulging in shell assaults. In response to studies, the dying toll in Gaza has risen to 32 Palestinians, together with 10 kids, based on the Well being Ministry. Over 200 individuals have been wounded. In Israel, three individuals, together with the Kerala lady, have misplaced their lives.

The present violence has coincided with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a time of heightened non secular sentiments. Heavy-handed Israeli police measures in and round Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis helped stoke nightly unrest. One other flashpoint has been the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the place dozens of Palestinians are beneath menace of eviction by Jewish settlers.

Confrontations erupted final weekend on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is the third-holiest website in Islam and the holiest website in Judaism. Over 4 days, Israeli police fired tear fuel and stun grenades at Palestinians within the compound who hurled stones and chairs on the forces. At instances, police fired stun grenades into the carpeted mosque.

On Monday night, Hamas started firing rockets from Gaza. From there on, the escalation was speedy. The United Nations had earlier expressed concern over the state of affairs within the area. On Tuesday, UN Particular Coordinator of the Center East Peace Course of Tor Wennesland took to Twitter asking for a ceasefire from each side. “We’re escalating in the direction of a full scale struggle. Leaders on all sides need to take full accountability of de-escalation. The price of struggle in Gaza is devastating and is being paid by the abnormal individuals. The UN is working with all sides to revive calm. Cease the violence now,” he mentioned within the tweet.

In the meantime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video tackle on Tuesday mentioned that Israel has “eradicated dozens of terrorists together with senior commanders” and that the nation will proceed to take action. In one other signal of widening unrest, demonstrations erupted in Arab communities throughout Israel, the place protesters set dozens of automobiles on hearth in confrontations with police.

The preventing between Israel and Hamas was essentially the most intense since a 50-day struggle in the summertime of 2014. In simply over 24 hours, the present spherical of violence, sparked by non secular tensions within the contested metropolis of Jerusalem, more and more resembled that devastating struggle.

(With inputs from PTI)

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