The regional council head of Sha’ar HaNegev, a sister metropolis of San Diego, was among the many victims Saturday when Israel was attacked by Hamas militants.
Ofir Liebstein, was killed throughout preventing with Hamas terrorists, in keeping with reviews in Israeli media.
The Sha’ar HaNegev area, house to 7,000 folks, borders Gaza. The city of Sderot within the area was among the many areas struck.
In a sudden assault that shocked Israel, hundreds of rockets have been fired, whereas Hamas gunmen crossed into border villages, killed dozens of individuals and introduced hostages again into the Gaza Strip. Not less than 100 Israelis have been killed.
Reuters reported that civilians lay strewn throughout a freeway in Sderot, surrounded by damaged glass. A lady and a person have been sprawled out lifeless throughout the entrance seats of a automobile.
Israel responded with large air strikes deep contained in the coastal enclave, killing scores and wounding lots of of individuals and vowing unprecedented retaliation.
“Our enemy can pay a value the kind of which it has by no means recognized,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned. “We’re in a battle and we are going to win it”.
President Biden mentioned on Saturday the US was prepared to supply “all acceptable technique of assist” to Israel after the assault and warned “every other social gathering hostile to Israel” to not search benefit.
“Our expensive good friend, Mayor Ofir Libstein was killed in a gun battle with Hamas terrorists early this morning. We’re devastated by this loss,” the federation mentioned.
The Jewish Federation of San Diego issued a press release condemning the “horrific assault by Hamas” and the loss of life of Libstein.
“He was a rare accomplice and good friend to the 2 of us and to the San Diego Jewish neighborhood. He died bravely defending not simply his household and his kibbutz, but additionally Israel and the Jewish folks.”
Reuters contributed to this text.