Kin of Kerala woman killed in rocket strike in Israel, still in shock

The household of a 30-year-old Kerala girl, who misplaced her life in a lethal Palestinian rocket assault in Israel, is but to get well from shock.

They can’t imagine that they’ll by no means have the ability to see her once more.They by no means imagined such a tragic finish to Soumya, who labored as a caregiver for an aged girl in Ashkelon in that nation, though she had typically shared her anguish with them about huge firings within the Israeli territory by the Palestinian militants.

Her husband Santhosh, a resident of Keerithodu in Idukki district, is struggling to console their nine-year-old son, who couldn’t deal with the state of affairs. “He’s awaiting her name,” Santhosh instructed reporters right here, whereas holding again his tears.

All of it occurred as Soumya was planning her return to Kerala, ending over seven years of toil within the Israeli metropolis,for a greater life again dwelling.

It was a Tuesday afternoon and Soumya was on a video name along with her husband telling him in regards to the tense ambiance within the southern Israeli coastal metropolis of Ashkelon Little did she knew that it will be her final name.

As she was sharing the small print of the war-like state of affairs prevailing within the space, Santhosh heard an enormous sound on the opposite finish.

Her telephone, which was nonetheless related, had fallen down.”I uttered “howdy, howdy” over the telephone, however there was no response from the opposite aspect.
After a minute-and-a-half, I may hear the noise of some individuals on the opposite finish. The telephone was nonetheless related,” Santhosh mentioned.

Sensing hazard, Santhosh instantly alerted his relations, who bought in contact with Soumya’s buddies in Ashkelon and got here to know of her tragic demise.

In the meantime, Minister of State for Exterior Affairs V Muraleedharan mentioned the Indian embassy authorities in Tel Aviv are making efforts to deliver Soumya’s mortal stays to India.

Muraleedharan, who spoke to Indian Ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Kumar Singla over telephone, mentioned the Israeli authorities will hand over the physique to India after finishing all of the formalities there.

Muraleeedharan mentioned he had telephoned the household of Soumya on Tuesday night time to convey his condolences.”Spoke with the household of Ms Soumya Santhosh to convey my deep condolences at her tragic demise through the rocket assaults from Gaza immediately. Assured all attainable help.

We now have condemned these assaults and the violence in Jerusalem, and urged restraint by each side”, Muraleedharan mentioned in a tweet.

Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka, mentioned he contacted the household of Soumya and supplied his condolences.”I simply spoke to the household of Ms. Soumya Santosh, the sufferer of the Hamas terrorist strike. I expressed my sorrow for his or her unlucky loss & prolonged my condolences on behalf of the state of Israel. The entire nation is mourning her loss & we’re right here for them”, he tweeted.

He mentioned the demise of Soumya, a mom, reminded him of the Israeli boy Mosses, who was orphaned within the terrorist assault in Mumbai, in 2008.”My coronary heart goes out to her 9-year-old son, Adon, who has misplaced his mom at such a younger age and must develop up with out her. This evil assault jogs my memory of little Moses, who additionally misplaced his mother and father through the 2008 #Mumbaiattacks. Might God give them energy and braveness”, he mentioned within the tweet on Wednesday.

Senior Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala mentioned he has written to Indian ambassador to Israel, urging him to take steps to deliver dwelling the physique of Soumya.

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