A man who was shot in the neck in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv earlier this month has died of his injuries.
O Ashkar, 32, died Monday after an 11-day battle for his life after he was shot and killed by Hamas gunman Moataz al-Khawaja in an attack in downtown Tel Aviv on March 9.
Khawaja also shot Ashkar’s friends, Rotem Mansano, 34, and Michael Usdon, 36. The three were on their way to a wedding. Khawaja was killed by police officers as he tried to flee the scene.
“Or he came to us after intensive resuscitation attempts in the field, which were underway in the hospital, and he was immediately taken to the operating room where, against all odds, the doctors managed to stabilize his condition,” said Roni Gamzu, director of Ichilov Hospital. on monday.
“Unfortunately the severity of the wounds was fatal, and after a heroic struggle of several days…we were forced to pronounce his death.”
Ashkar’s mother, Natalie Ashkar, described her son as “a rare light.”
She said, “Only goodness, love and giving rained down on everyone who crossed his path,” and thanked the hospital staff.
“To the dozens of wonderful friends who surrounded us day and night, hugged us and cried with us all week that will forever be etched in our hearts. To all the people of Israel who were with us, strengthened, supported, prayed – each in his own way and according to his faith.”
The attack came amid a wave of Palestinian terror.
On Sunday, a terrorist opened fire on a car belonging to an American-Israeli family near the Palestinian village of Hawara, seriously wounding Father David Stern. Despite being shot at point blank range, Stern, who served four years in the US Marine Corps and is a Krav Maga instructor, was able to draw his weapon and shoot the terrorist, partially incapacitating him.
Hawara was also the scene of another attack two weeks ago in which two Israeli brothers, Hillel and Yaakov Yaniv, were killed.
Either way, Hawara residents celebrated the attacks.
The next day, Palestinian terrorists shot dead American Ilan Ganellis, who arrived in Israel for a friend’s wedding, while he was driving to the place in the Jordan Valley.
In January and February, Jerusalem witnessed a series of terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 11 Israelis, including 8 and 6 year old brothers.
“We hoped and prayed. Unfortunately, Or Ashkar who was injured in the Tel Aviv attack today succumbed to his injuries. My heart is broken. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends. “May his memory be blessed,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
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