Israeli Woman Dies of Wounds Months After Gaza Rocket Hits Home

74-year-old was critically wounded in November when a rocket slammed into a building in Ashkelon, also killing a West Bank Palestinian who was staying there

Building hit by a rocket in Ashkelon, November 2018.
Ilan Assayag

A 74-year-old woman who was critically injured when a rocket fired from Gaza slammed into a building in Ashkelon last November died last week from her injuries.  

The building in which Nina Gnisednova lived was hit close to midnight on November 13, with emergency services arriving shortly afterwards. According to witnesses at the scene, it took 40 minutes until she was located on the ground floor, critically wounded. Emergency services took her to the hospital and the police left the scene.

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The same attack also killed 48-year-old Abdel Hamid Abu Asbah, who was staying in the same building. Abu Asbah was from the West Bank city of Halhul, near Hebron. His wife was seriously injured in that attack.

Abu Asbah was only found after authorities left the scene, when a passerby noticed his wife's fingers sticking out of the rubble.

Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam talked with Gnisednova’s son Igor and expressed his condolences. “I sincerely hope this is the last victim,” he said. “The city will continue to help and will provide this dear family with all it needs at this difficult time.”