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Family of man who died running to rocket shelter wants terror victim designation

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The family of an Israeli man who suffered a deadly heart attack while heading to a bomb shelter during an air raid siren in the recent escalation with Gaza wants the state to officially recognize him as a victim of the conflict.

No Israelis were killed or suffered severe wounds as a direct result of rocket fire by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Numerous people were moderately hurt while seeking shelter or were treated for shock brought on by the barrages from the Gaza Strip.

Citing neighbors, relatives of Shlomo Atias, 60, said he collapsed Saturday while heading to the shelter of the apartment building where he lived in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but were unable to.

“They said he was on the way to the shelter,” his brother Yuval Atias told the Kan public broadcaster on Thursday, explaining that there was only one reinforced room for the entire apartment building.


© The Times of Israel

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