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sustained running from rocket attack

Eliyahu Naim, 79, passes away from injuries

sustained running from rocket attack

Sept 4, 2011 - Eliyahu Naim, 79, who sustained serious head injury while running for cover during an Ashkelon rocket attack on August 22, 2011 died at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

A Color Red alert sounded in Ashkelon on August 22. Naim, who was at home together with his wife and nurse, rushed to the apartment''s fortified space. When he entered the fortified room he apparently stumbled and hit a sharp edge and as a result sustained a serious head injury. He was rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon where he was diagnosed with a severe head injury. Later transferred to the Neurosurgeon Unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, he remained unconscious until his death.

Eliyahu Naim was one of Ashkelon‘s first residents, arriving there in the 1960s. He retired several years ago after working as an accountant at an agricultural products company. "He was a very likeably person, loved people, loved company, served as a medic in the IDF, salt of the earth," his son-in-law Eyal said.

He had apparently become used to rocket fire. "We talked about it several times. He wasn‘t scared or worried but was very cautious and always adhered to the Home Front Command guidelines," Eyal said. "He entered the fortified space whenever an alarm would go off."

 

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